Guest post by Monica J. Morgan

study tips

It’s that time of year again when you have to burn eyebrows trying to learn all you can from the books and hand-outs your professor gives you.

Your schedule is booked. You barely have enough time for yourself. All your writing techniques don’t work. You study tonight, and then you wake up the next day forgetting everything you’ve ever read in the textbook. Oh, but the exams are coming. This cannot be.

Needless to say, your studying techniques aren’t very effective. With that, you tried to ask everyone you know how they study or googled  study tips. You get all the same answers: go to the library, study every night, study every weekend, study at a friend’s house, study with a group, and so on.

You know what? It’s not really about the amount of time you dedicate to studying. Rather it is the amount of information you absorb. You can’t force your mind to take in information. You have to condition it if you want to retain information. You have to motivate it. With that, here are some of the most effective study techniques that people will never tell you.

Find something to look forward to

Studying isn’t just about sitting in a chair for hours and reading your notes. That’s just the means of studying, but that is not the point of studying.

We don’t study for the sake of it. Rather, we do it for an end-goal. We do it because we want a good grade. With that, it doesn’t matter how long you sit in front of your study desk. What matters is how long you stay motivated to retaining information.

Well, of course, getting good grades is too big of a reward already, but still, you’d need to give yourself something to look forward to when studying. You need to give yourself something that is solid and physical, something you can taste, hold, or see. You need to reward yourself each time you accomplish small things in your academics. That way, you’ll be conditioning yourself to study even more.

Write an outline

When you’re in class, you just scribble everything you see on the whiteboard. You scribble everything you hear from your teacher, which is why when it is time for you to study, it’s like you don’t understand what the lesson meant anymore.

I mean, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t take notes. You definitely should. It’s the only way for you to not miss anything, but in order to take full advantage of your notes, you have to convert your messy notes into a clearer version. I recommend typing an outline of your notes on a word processor, and then printing it so you’ll have just a few pages of paper to study, instead of putting up with your piles of notes.

Take the time to relax

Seriously, you have to take it easy. Studying won’t work if you’re just going to drown yourself in stress.

There are scientific studies about how we’re not able to grasp the full capacity of our mind, but still, the brain isn’t perfect. We can’t study for everything all at once. We have to take in-between breaks so that we can give our brain the time to relax and rejuvenate its self.

Author Bio: Monica Morgan is a free-spirited woman having vast experience in article writing. She prefers using diverse writing styles to properly engage with a wide array of readers. She is also a contributor for

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