5 Study Hacks Every Student Should Know


The Internet makes life simpler for any student who needs to research a paper or two, but when it comes to preparing for a test, students know that it can be a challenge to memorise facts and figures in a limited amount of time. It also doesn’t help that some students have difficulty retaining information. According to a study, 10% of students may have working memory problems, and experts say that working memory is even more important to learning than other cognitive skills such as IQ. Fortunately, you can improve your memory and be more focused by following a few study tips before your next big test.

Study strategies that don’t work

Cramming for a test is one of the worst ways to study as not only do you not have enough time to prepare for it, but it’s also an ineffective method to retain information. Students should also never attempt to study at the wrong place. Some try to cram in a bit of study time at the noisiest places, such as the mall, the cafeteria, or in front of the TV, but doing so will only distract you from your task. In order to study well, you’ll need to employ some effective study strategies, have some discipline, and take some time for self-care. Here are 5 study hacks that every student should know.

Play the right music

Learning in silence is the best way to study, but some students find it difficult to learn without a bit of background noise. You can play some soft music while you’re studying, but it’s best to have a ready-made study playlist instead of choosing individual songs. Songs with lyrics can be distracting—instead, try classical music, instrumental ambient sounds, or Ambient House music. Of course, if you’d rather study without any background noise, you may want to wear some noise-cancelling headphones during your study time.

Create a good study space

An area that’s conducive to learning should be clean, free from clutter, well-lit, and should have everything that you need for studying. If you prefer to study in your room, it would be best to study at a desk instead of your bed as it’s too easy to fall asleep while you’re reading your notes. Your desk should be near your window so you get some natural light while you’re studying, and it’s a good idea to add a study lamp for more illumination. Clear your desk of all clutter and leave only the supplies that you need for studying.

Put all distractions away

Keep your phone where you won’t be tempted to check it every few minutes. Better yet, ask someone to keep it for you for a few hours while you’re studying. It’s also a good idea to use a web browser plugin to temporarily block a few distracting websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram, while you’re studying. However, if you can study without using the Internet, it may be best not to read your notes in front of your computer to keep you focused.

Take a break

No one can study for long stretches at a time. Not only will you tire yourself out, but studying for hours without taking a single break can be overwhelming. It will also cause information overload which won’t help you to retain information. Instead, try this – after studying one subject, take a break. You can rest for 15 to 30 minutes, or use the time to have a healthy snack or do a few stretching exercises to keep you awake.

Test yourself

After studying, see if you can remember everything that you read by asking a friend or family member to quiz you on your notes. If your textbooks have a few pages that you can answer, try to complete them in a certain amount of time.

These are just a few tips to help you focus and get your mind in the right space for learning. Practice good study habits and don’t forget to take care of yourself while you’re preparing for a big test. By doing so, you’ll study effectively and retain all the information that you need to ace your exams.


This insightful article was written by Jane Sandwood.