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Disclaimer: these methods probably don’t work.

My campus isn’t that big. It only takes about 20 minutes to walk from the north end to the south end of campus. However, it is compact. We have a lot of buildings very close together. I have class in a lot of these buildings. I see a lot of people. I see a lot of people studying. I see a lot of different ways to study. Like, a lot.

Lying on a bench with the textbook on the ground.

This one is rather common, but it makes me question how one reads with the textbook so far away from them. There are many variations of this studying method. You can lie on your side, sit cross-legged, or lie on your stomach. I wouldn’t recommend lying on your back and holding the textbook up, though. If you’re anything like me, you’ll drop the textbook onto your face. It will hurt, and you will lose your page.

In the library…between the stacks.

You know when you pick up a really good book from the stacks and you start to read it? Then you get lost in the book until somebody comes and says “excuse me”. Now getting lost in your book is one thing, but specifically seeking out an area between the stacks to study is a whole other thing. I think the idea is that you absorb the knowledge around you through osmosis. Therefore, you should choose the stacks in the library that are related to your course. If you try this, I suggest using one of the step stools as a chair.

Upside down.

This one only works for a short period of time, for obvious reasons. The theory is that the blood rushes to your brain. As a result, your brain becomes more productive. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this tactic does not work. Just a hunch.

While playing The Insult Game.

This one is interesting, and hilarious if you’re watching two other people play it (if you’re in their class). Unfortunately, it doesn’t last very long because both players end up either laughing too hard or blanking out. The idea is that you shout insults at somebody else while cleverly injecting course material. Think of those Big Bang Theory lines where the guys insult each other with physics (somehow.) “You make me feel like I’m potassium in a tank full of water: explosive…with anger!”

While highlighting everything.

A lot of college students seem to hold this theory that highlighting something will make you remember it automatically. As a result, they highlight everything. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but this is actually counterproductive. You focus more of your energy on highlighting instead of absorbing the material. There are many techniques that can help you remember facts (repetition, acronyms, making stories, etc.) but highlighting is not one of them.

How do you study when you get bored of the ordinary?


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