Study Habits


Martin Culpepper

Beckett studying hard for a test.

Jess Scearbo

Lots of students hate studying for many different reasons. Students might think they have their habits down pat to get good grades, but there are so many ways to reduce time while studying and improve retention of information. 


The majority of students have said they use Quizlet or refresh by using their own notes, which are both still good ways to study, but there are better things out there. 


One option is to stop and remember what terms or key ideas someone has already done. This will allow someone to know what they need to go back to study, or what things they can move on with.  


“This method has literally saved me hours,” Rylie Lasquade said. 


This method is where long-term memory gets refreshed when there’s a moment to pause and try to think back to what has been learned. 


“The smallest changes make the biggest difference,” Maegan Pitcher said. 


Associations can help with memory for vocabulary quizzes. Teachers say this all the time, but try to relate the words someone may not know to something that reminds them of it. 


“I didn’t think it would actually help, then I got a 100 on my quiz,” Jenna Tabenkin said.


Timing is everything. Spending too much time on one thing will make someone lose their motivation. 


“Usually the reason why I don’t end up studying is that it takes forever,” Rob Popielski said. 


Set a timer for twenty minutes and study. Once the timer goes off, do something rewarding for 5 minutes, then get back to studying. 


“This makes it more enjoyable, you get to look towards something,” Jenna Tabankin said.


Studying in chunks helps people remember better, and not get tired of it as easily. It also helps because knowing there’s a reward, will keep up motivation. 


“I don’t think I’m ever going to go back to the way I used to study,” Maegan Pitcher said.