Studying may not be fun, but it will help you get better grades on everything from homework to final exams. And good grades are essential for everything from scholarships to competitive job applications, so it pays to study hard and often. Thankfully we’re here to make the process a little easier with 5 unusual study tips to improve your grades:
1. Take breaks every 90 minutes.
It seems counter-intuitive, but taking breaks from studying is key to studying success. Try taking a break after every 90-minute study session, which will give your body a chance to reset and renew, boosting energy levels and alertness.
2. Take a short nap.
But not for longer than 20 minutes. This limits you to the lighter stages of sleep, which boosts energy and alertness in the same way taking a break does: by giving your body a chance to relax. However, napping for longer than 20 minutes may result in a groggy feeling, in which you feel more tired than before your nap. Avoid grogginess at all costs!
Physical exercise increases blood flow to the brain, meaning you can focus longer and remember more. Plus it releases endorphin, which makes you happy! Better still, exercise reduces stress and may help you fall asleep at night.
4. Study somewhere new.
According to The New York Times, just switching study spots each time you study increases data retention. Come up with a routine. Hit the library, the coffee shop, your dorm room, and whatever study lounges you can find. The point here: variety is important.
5. Eat a banana.
Bananas are brain food! They have tons of vitamins and minerals and low glycemic carbohydrates, making them the perfect food to boost your energy. Other good study foods include peanut butter, fish, eggs, and (of course!) coffee.