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5 Ways To Shake Up Your Study Routine

Whether for the holidays, a summer break, or an extended academic break, it's vital to your long-term success for you to know how to maintain your mental acuity. Here are a few tips on how you can make sure you stay sharp during an academic break.

Make It A Group

Study groups are relatively easy to find on campus or online. Studying in a group can give you a fresh take on various subjects. Studies have shown that the academic, mental, and emotional support study groups provide effectively aid students in learning and retaining course material more deeply and concretely. The added accountability of the group participation also instills academic discipline and commitment in its members. Additionally, the social element that naturally accompanies a study group will feed your need for social interaction as well while adding a fun element to studying.

Head Outside

A change of scenery has been proven to provide an effective shakeup when we get into the rut of a routine. If you normally study at home or in the library, pack up your books and laptop and plan a day outside. You can take snacks and do a study picnic in the park, at the beach, or even an open green area on campus. If you are someone who requires absolute silence to study effectively, this may not be the best option for you unless you're able to find a quiet place. If you aren't able to find a location with the level of silence you require, you may need to explore different times of day like early morning. If possible, spend a day studying outside and soak up some sun and fresh air. Your mind and your body will benefit from it.

Let's Play A Game

Grab a few friends, classmates, or just yourself and make a game out of your material! You can use flashcards or online material testers that allow you to input your own questions and answers. By making it fun you'll form new connections in your brain related to the material. Major organizations use this technique called 'gamification' to make their applications or programs more sticky and you can do the same to make your course material more memorable. If you play with friends over the course of a semester you can plan regular game/study nights with a championship or olympics inspired final game night at the end of the semester with prizes for the top scorers. If you don't win a prize don't worry, your grade will be a prize in itself.

Do you have any other ideas for ways to shakeup a stagnant study routine? Let us know, we would love to hear from you. Also, be sure to apply for The Brian Joseph Lombardi Scholarship.

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