Whenever you’d reach for Insta, reach for that flashcards app instead.
Okay, if you’ve got a beautiful, multicoloured, down-to-the-minute study schedule pinned up on your wall and you follow it to the letter every single week, you don’t need this article. But if you’re the kind of student who throws themselves at the subject with a bit less planning, you might find it helpful.
Catch the earlier bus (or train…or tram…or unicycle [probably not unicycle])
This is easier if you don’t get travel sick, but if you have to be somewhere, think about leaving home earlier than you usually would. On the way, you can do some reading… and when you get there, you can do some more study while you’re waiting. You probably don’t want to be lugging your textbooks around, so take photos of the relevant pages with your phone or make some flashcards to go over. (If you do get travel sick – or you’re walking instead of bussing – record yourself reading out the stuff you need to know and listen to it. Try to ignore how cringey your voice sounds. Everyone thinks that about themselves.)
Leave yourself notes
Way back before everyone had the internet in their pocket, going to the toilet was a lot more boring – which meant putting a print-out of equations or historical dates or poems on the back of the door was a great way to force yourself to memorise them. If you’re feeling retro, bring that practice back. Otherwise, think about other places you spend time staring at nothing. Stick up some Post-its or go through the important bits of info you’ve saved in Evernote.
Waiting, waiting, waiting…
In the doctor’s waiting room, leaning against a pillar in some clothes shop, sitting in a park, listening out for your name in a café – there are millions of places in life where you’re just passing the time. Use those minutes to your advantage by getting a bit more learning in. It might mean the difference between remembering some acronym in an exam and having to skip to the next question.
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