Being a student can sometimes be challenging, especially when you have a lot of work to do and when you’re not in the right mood to do it. No sweat! There are a few tricks you can use to make your life easier. These simple things will help you focus better on your tasks, they will help you relax a bit and they will help you break through your mental blocks. Getting good grades will not be such a hard thing to do if you read these next lines. Here are a few life hacks for every lazy student that will help you beat the school blues:
1. Take Notes Using Different Colored Pens
Some of the most important life skills that you need as a student won’t be acquired in a lecture hall. In order to fire up your visual memory and to spend less time studying, you should use different colored pens when you are taking notes in class. This will also make taking notes more enjoyable and it will look pretty.
2. Do the Easy Assignments First
When you have a lot of work to do, start with the easy assignments since this will encourage you to tackle the difficult tasks too. Every little piece of homework that you complete will give you a little confidence boost and this will motivate you to keep going until you get all your work done.
3. Listen to Recorded Lectures at Twice the Speed
When you are studying, you can save quite a lot of time by listening to recorded lectures at twice the speed. You can use a program like VLC Media Player to do this or something like Audacity. There are also a lot of free lectures that you can find online that will help you better understand the things that you have to study and that will have a big positive impact on your grades.
4. Listen to Some Classical Songs or to Some Instrumental Music
Have you ever heard about the Mozart effect? There are a lot of studies which show that listening to Mozart’s music when you are studying may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning”. Also the instrumental music will help you relax and you will be able to focus better on your tasks.
5. Use Your Headphones to Focus on What You Are Studying
When you are trying to study, just remember: headphones in, world out. Forget about everything around you and focus only on those things that you have to learn. As I’ve said in the previous point, listen to some classical music or to anything else that you like that won’t distract you and start working. It will also make the time fly by and help you get more things done.
6. Take Short Breaks
When you are studying, take a lot of short breaks, but make sure that you don’t overdo it. For every 30 minutes of work, you could take a five minute break during which you should get up and stretch a bit.
7. When You Have a Lot of Things to do, Always Start Early
A lot of studies have shown that people who wake up early are more productive. Apparently, the sunlight keeps us awake and more efficient. Every day, make a list of all the things that you have to do. Start with the easy ones first and then, once you feel more confident, tackle the difficult ones too. Don’t give up until you finish everything you put on your to-do list for the day.
Being a student has its ups and downs and it’s not always easy to finish all those school-related tasks but with a bit of perseverance and with some patience, you will manage to get the work done.. Do you know any other tips for a lazy student that will help beat the school blues? Please tell us about them in the comments section!