Although getting good grades can help you in the long run between getting into good schools and careers, the process of getting good grades can be tough, even boring. To get good grades you must study prior to taking quizzes and tests and after awhile it becomes routine. Is there a way to break the mold, maybe make studying less boring? Even fun? It is possible to integrate some different activities into your study routine to make it a little bit more enjoyable. Although I am sure you will not jump for joy, I can show you some different ideas to try and make studying a little bit more bearable.
Make Studying Easier by Studying Alone
For those of you that prefer to study with a partner but can not find one, there are a few things you can do to make it easier on yourself. The most important thing is to take breaks every 30 to 45 minutes in order to get something to drink, use the restroom, or stretch. You will find that by breaking your study session up in sections, that it does not seem as long and will make it easier to concentrate every time you sit back down. If you have a couple days before a test this is especially important to do. Make sure you break it up over a course of a couple days.
Another idea is to play some music at a low volume. You do not want it loud enough to break your concentration, but enough where there is some “background” noise. A great way to have some fun with homework and studying is to turn it into a game. Flash Cards and Memory are great games to play by yourself and every time you get an answer right consecutively, treat yourself by adding an extra 30 seconds to your next break. 10 correct answers in a row will get you an extra 5 minutes to your break and is a great incentive to study hard at the same time. If all else fails, grab a family member and have them help with your studying.
Studying With Friends
Although studying is not any fun, it can be made a little bit less boring by employing different ideas or games into the mix. Many games are available at bookstores or online, not to mention that you can make your own flash cards out of simple index/recipe cards. Invite some friends over and make an event out of it and order food. Although playing games such as memory or hangman may seem cheesy, you will find that it will still lighten the mood and make studying less boring.