Study Strategies Survival Guide

DoorToDorm Study Survival Guide

Living in a dorm can be both exciting and rough. Learning useful dorm life hacks can make all the difference between getting to class, passing exams, and staying engaged with your work. In this article, we’re covering the ultimate study strategies survival guide.

Studying can be the ultimate source of dread in a student’s life. Sitting down to focus on schoolwork can be quite a challenge. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of ways you can make your studying experience more enjoyable.  Before you begin studying, it’s important to know the environment in which you work best and try to create it. Here are some ultimate dorm life hacks for your study habits and, no, cramming for your exam did not make our list. 

Establish an award


Figure out an appropriate award to grant yourself once you’ve completed all your studying. This will implement a good source of motivation from the beginning, and give you something to look forward to. You can promise yourself video games, time with friends or maybe a yummy dinner from your favorite restaurant.   

Create a comfortable study space  


Whether it be your bed, your desk, or the floor. Find the space where you would like to work and make it yours. Some students find they have an easier time focusing when they’re sitting at a desk or table, but others have no problem putting some pillows and blankets on the floor and studying that way. Whatever you choose, make sure it is comfortable space that you can spend long periods of time in.  

Put on some classical music


Okay, it doesn’t have to be classical music, but it has been known to help listeners relax and create a meditative atmosphere. Another benefit of classical music is that it doesn’t have lyrics, which helps you focus on your studying materials instead of what the music is saying. If Mozart and Bach are not your cup of tea, pick another genre that you know won’t distract you while you study and puts you in a good mood. Maybe lyricless trap beats?

Take breaks


Be sure to take a fifteen-minute break every hour or so. Let your brain decompress. Take a power nap or grab a snack from your mini fridge. Take your snack outside and get some fresh air, call your parent and tell them you love them, do some stretching and let your mind be completely clear for a few minutes. You’ll find that once you return to your studying, you will feel refreshed and ready to take in even more knowledge.  

Keep the benefits in mind


If you start to get agitated or discouraged as you’re studying, try to keep in mind that you’re learning something new, and that’s fantastic! All knowledge is power in the long run, and even if you don’t realize it now, you’ll be better off in the future for having taken the time to understand the subject you’re studying, or at the least learning how to persevere when you find a subject less than exciting.  Plus, you’re going to pass that exam!

Eating the Right Foods


Here are the ultimate dorm life hacks: eat good food daily! Eating well-balanced meals isn’t just something your mom tells you to keep you healthy. In fact, studies have shown that eating nutritiously dense meals can aid in studying and retention. Similarly, fast-food can make you feel full and sluggish, which is counteractive to productive studying. We recommend stocking up your college dorm refrigerators with water (to stay hydrated), fruits, vegetables, and proteins. 

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