You know how we sometimes rush our studying time and do not commit to learning but rather focus on memorizing? Well, that might enable a few of us to pass a test here and there, but it’s not a real way to excel and to understand.
If you are like me, it can take up to an hour to just get into the groove of studying. It’s normal to get into the books slow and then gain momentum, at least for me. Like the last stretch of a marathon, you speed up and flow better because now you have a method.
The same can be applied to studying. So, what are organic study habits? I call these organic study habits because I feel like they are a back-to-basics approach to learning and retaining knowledge. Skimming, Google searching and crash studying not included. :)
When I am hungry, I cannot focus on what I’m reading. So I make sure I feel full before I hit the books. I am talking healthy, no sugar and sodium concentrated snacks. My choice of food is pita and hummus and a fruit shake. I don’t feel sleepy when I eat this (something heavy food can do to you). The main objective is to feel fuller, longer.
Try a place where people are around to study. A community center, public library or, my favorite, a coffee shop is a good place to learn. Just make sure you are comfortable, it’s not loud and you can commit plenty of time to staying in that one place. The library is number one for me. Taking a friend along? Even better.
3. Natural Light.
Be near windows with sun coming in. Sunlight wakes you up.
4. Do a Rigorous Activity.
Before studying, I have friends that work out at the gym. I on the other hand dance to music. Skateboard. Race bikes. Dance for an hour to some good music.
5. Go to Sleep Early.
I’ve noticed that since I’ve started sleeping earlier, I wake up earlier and I don’t need naps during the day. Giving my body the rest it needs helps me wake up on time with more energy. Get into the habit of sleeping early more often. If you have sports or clubs or afterschool activities, finish your homework at school or at least get it started. This way, you can ask your teacher questions and have more review time for home and practice time for sports.