Written by: Jordan Farley, Ashley Melendez, and Amber Cortland
Let’s be honest. We all want maximum results with minimal effort. In other words, “we all about that hack life.” Lucky for you, we have done the hard work for you and researched the most efficient ways to help you study proactively.
#1 Exercise regularly: Now before you think of a million reasons why there just isn’t enough time in the day for that nonsense, please allow us to make an argument. A research study was conducted by Harvard University and concluded that 120 minutes of moderate intense exercise a week enhanced memory and thinking skills. It has been proven to enlarge the size of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that involves verbal memory and learning.
In other words, our brain would retain information at a faster rate, meaning we won't have to read the same page 10 times to actually understand it. For those who are still not convinced they have the time to exercise 30 minutes a day let me ask one question. How many episodes did you binge watch on Netflix last week? Give up one episode four days a week and you’ve made up for lost time!
#2 Listen to music: The Mozart Effect, a term coined by Alfred A. Tomatis, is the direct result of his study suggesting that listening to music can refine one’s intelligence. Yes, you read that right… music. We’re guessing you’re a little confused at how this could actually help and not distract you from studying, and while many try to argue this, we are here to explain. Music with calm and relaxing vibes, like film scores, can actually help ease the stress and anxiety of students while they study.
In some situations, students have used music for memorization, by creating a favorable mood which indirectly advances memory structure. Also, background music has been known to enhance focus on a task by giving motivation and again creating a favorable mood. Music can help with endurance during long periods of studying, and we don’t know about you but that is one of the biggest challenges for us while studying.
#3 Download the Flora app: Flora is an app that lets you help the environment, while helping you concentrate. Let's face it, in the modern world of technology there are so many ways we can get distracted with our phones, laptops, and TVs, but flora can help fix that. When you start studying you turn on the app and adjust your time between breaks. While studying you start with a “seed” which grows into a tree if you do not use your phone during the allotted time, but if you do it will kill your tree.
If that doesn't motivate you enough, you can also use money as a motive. Just put down an amount you are willing to lose and if you use your phone, not only does the tree die but you also lose your money. But don’t fret your money is going to a good cause, all the money you lost goes to planting new trees to help our environment. This app can be used alone or with friends in study groups. Also it can be used for more than just studying, but any time you want to enjoy life, technology free.
#4 Use your senses: There have been numerous studies done about how to improve study tips, but we have found three that use the senses: sight, taste and smell. Yes you read that right, taste! The first can incorporate two senses, taste and scent. Have you ever studied numerous hours just to forget it all when it's exam time? If that sounds like you, then try this hack. When you’re studying information, spray a unique or unfamiliar scent and spray it again right before your test! This can also work with taste, while studying chew a weird or different flavor of gum and do it again right as you start your test. This will jog your memory!
Lastly is sight. If you type your notes on your laptop, which is becoming more popular than writing, it has been proven that the font can be important to retaining information. Avoid easy to read fonts, such as arial. These fonts tend to be more easily skimmed over. Instead, use a more challenging font so that you take the time to carefully read the information, and therefore have a better chance of retaining what you read.