16 Easy Ways To Study Like An Ivy League Student This School Year

I don’t want to scare you, but the start of the school year is going to be here sooner than you think. Sorry! I know! Please don’t cry! It’s going to be just fine for a few reasons–first of all, you still have time to do whatever big project you were planning on doing this summer, but kept putting off in favor of watching Netflix and sleeping in. (You just have to do it a little quicker than you thought, maybe.) And, of course, you also have time to plan for the upcoming school year. This planning could involve your outfits, or your school supplies, or how you’re going to radically change every single one of your behaviors in order to boost your social standing (at least, that’s what I used to spend my summers doing). Or, you can get a head start on studying.

Is this the sexiest thing in the world? Perhaps not. But chances are good that your studying has gotten a little rusty since the last school year. Besides, whether you’re in college or high school, studious or not, Ivy League-bound or…very much no (most of us aren’t!) you can probably benefit from upping your studying game. So, check out these easy ways to study like an Ivy League student this school year right here:

1. Try and study your hardest topics in the morning:


It might not be the thing you *want* to do right when you wake up, but your brain does work best first thing in the morning. So, try making it part of your morning routine–get up, stretch, pur yourself some coffee, and get studying.

2. Schedule your assignments:


This is hard. I get it. But even if you are the type of person who tends to work best “under pressure,” try and give yourself more structure–this will allow you time to perfect your work in the time when you’d usually be scrambling just to get it done.

3. Try the Cornell Method when you take notes in class:
This is basically just a way to organize your notes by condensing them. This helps you understand things better during class, as well as making it easier to actually study from your notes later on.

4. Be smart about how you study:
You don’t need to sit in front of your desk for hours in order to get good grades. Learn how to break up your studying so the time you do spend studying is time well spent.

5. Take a slightly different approach with foreign languages:
Taking a foreign language? You’ll need to study that in a slightly different way than other subjects–try the tips above to get started.

6. Learn how to memorize effectively:
Rote memorization will only get you so far (critical thinking is better!) but it is necessary for some subjects. Try the tips above to get your memorization on.

7. Work on your memory:
If you feel like the things in your lectures go in one ear and out the other, these memory-boosting tips will be helpful for school (and, like, life, probably).

8. Know how to boost your productivity:
Being productive can be…hard. Here are some tips on how you can be more productive.

9. Work on your self-discipline:


A big part of productivity, of course, is self-discipline. These are some easy ways to become more disciplined.

10. Plan out your study time:
If you just plop yourself down and try to get a bunch of things done, it’s not going to be as effective as if you’d planned it out before. You don’t have to do anything *that* intense, but if you can, try to at least write a to-do list.

11. Stay organized:


If you do a little bit each day, it’ll be (almost) easy.

12. Learn how to read effectively:
If you have a reading assignment, don’t just read passively–instead, take a more active approach. It’s more work, but it’ll pay off in the end.

13. Use flashcards:
They work! Plus, the act of making flashcards can often serve as studying, too, so it’s not like you’re wasting time when you do it.

14. Try the Pomodoro technique:
This is a time management method that can help you maximize efficiency and make for more effective studying overall.

15. Make a mind map:


I mean, they look cool. Plus, they’re a really good way to work out a difficult concept that you have trouble making sense of in your head.

16. Take (effective) breaks:


No need to burn yourself out. Instead, learn how to take breaks that will help make you more relaxed, and, as a result, get better grades.

Are you getting ready for school? Do you have any study tips to share? Let us know in the comments!

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