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flyawayxxballoon's avatar

What is the best way to study?

Asked by flyawayxxballoon (1352points) September 24th, 2008

Coming from someone who’s never studied her entire life and has gotten straight A’s for the majority of her education, I know that it’s basically inevitable that I will have to study at some point. However, I just can’t study- I procrastinate, I can’t focus…the list goes on and on. What is the best study routine for someone such as myself?

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PIXEL's avatar

Sometimes the best way to study is find a way to make it enjoyable. That will make it allot easier to study. I also try writing down notes over and over again.

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

@PIXEL; I appreciate these ideas, and they probably work for most people, but I’ve tried both methods, and it just doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried most normal suggestions, and they just don’t do the trick; I’m looking for something really out-of-the-box. Currently, I still have no need to study; I remember things plenty well as is. However, I am aware that this can’t last forever and I want to be prepared.

PIXEL's avatar

I have the same problem. What works for me is noise. That may seem silly but I can;t work in a quiet environment. You should try studying with your Mp3. It works for some people. If that doesn’t work try to work outside. It might calm you and make it easier to study. There are also certain foods you can eat before you study to help you concentrate.

Les's avatar

flyaway, you’re the type of person I hated in school. ;-)

As for the studying, seems to me that the reason you have not been able to study effectively thus far is because you don’t have the need. It sounds as though you really do understand what you are learning. But when the time comes at which no amount of studying on your part will prepare you for an exam (as will most assuredly happen), you will be able to study. What you’re asking is like a person who isn’t tired asking how she can fall asleep. When you need to, you will. No worries.

MrMontpetit's avatar

The best way for me is to write stuff down. Listening to someone say something, or even saying it aloud myself doesn’t burn it into my mind as much as writing it down does. I also agree with PIXEL about working with an iPod or MP3 player playing, because when studying gets boring, music kind of keeps me un-bored, if that makes any sense what-so-ever.

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

@PIXEl; I’m the same way; I can’t even sleep without noise. I keep my ceiling fan on high all year ‘round, even in the winter! Unfortunately, though noise helps me with focusing on the work at first, I eventually get bored or distracted.

@Les; I think your anwer is by far the best yet. That’s most likely the very reason that I do not have the ability to study- because I haven’t needed to. Thanks for the insight!

MrMontpetit's avatar

@flyaway, I can’t sleep in complete silence either, I usually open my window to hear the crickets and cars, and also turn on my desk fan.

sundayBastard's avatar

Remove the word study from the equation (It’s psychological unwanted pressure). I have never studied. I went back to refresh a-little as I call it. Then it’s back to my regular shenanigans.

ex. You can read or you can study. same game diffrent name.

cwilbur's avatar

The “best” way depends on your learning styles and on what motivates you. There’s no way for us to know that.

Your best bet is to find a class that really challenges you, and then talk to a teacher or guidance counselor who can help you learn how to study.

And it’s very good that you’re aware of this now—you don’t want to be one of those college freshmen who never had to study in high school who crashes and burns in the first semester.

90s_kid's avatar

I am not a people person too much, so I think it is best to study alone in a quiet place like the library or your room.

RyanJCanada's avatar

If you are going to use music, go for something without lyrics, to prevent it from interfering with your language center.

As for studying, make up a fake test of what you think will be on the exam and then attempt to answer it. This will force you to look at the material from the teacher’s perspective, and make learning a more active process.

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