• Leilani Xue

Mental Health and Studying

In this blog, I’ll give some tips for studying effectively. Without doubt, it can be very overwhelming to study during these troubling times, so I’ve made a list of ways to improve your focus.

1. Go study outside.

This may not be ideal for some, but if you are able to, make sure you do it. I found it to be more effective than studying at home. Switching to different environments is sometimes a great way to maintain studying productivity. Additionally, you can retreat to a place where you retain better focus. For example, the ambient environment of the library, which many of us do not have access to, is still a place that many lean towards working in. If there is an area where you find you study best, you should work with what is available to you and try to recreate some aspects of it. This leads to my next point.

2. Listen to Study With Me videos

On YouTube, Study With Me videos are some resources that people like to use. (It’s basically a video of someone studying.) If you like spending time around others as a way of motivating yourself, this may be the way to go! I also find listening to rain or ocean sounds also helps me concentrate.

3. Have a clean study space!

The less cluttered your working space is, the more studying you will do. (This may not apply to everyone though!)

4. Making a schedule or to-do list

Sometimes organizing your day makes it easier for studying. The more specific you are with your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them. Say you have an essay to write. Break it up into small parts (e.g. do 5 Google Searches on squirrel adaptations, fill out the Phylum and Class, etc.). What I like to do is divide my day. For example, from 11AM-5PM, I decide on school work that I should do during that time. From 7-10PM, I decide on what other projects I should work on.

Here are some suggestions that might work. Perhaps they can give you ideas for effective ways to study!

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