Beyond school hours, very few kids show keen interest to study at home. Some students have what it takes to tackle the books, and some don’t. Kids who find it a turn-off, often resort to activities that they enjoy doing, which also gives them relief from their daily school routine. Learning will be a lot more enjoyable and engaging by incorporating some fun elements while studying at home.
Like they say, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. As clichéd as it might sound, a little fun can help the mind from getting taxed.
Here are seven tips that can make studying stress-free and enjoyable.
Listen to soothing music
Soothing music has a calming effect, and it helps you concentrate. It can help you to stay focused by enhancing your mood. It can also serve as a pleasant backdrop while you are studying; you don’t have to invest extra time to listen to music.
Turn studying into a game
It can be mind-boggling to learn and memorize volumes of information. So, at times like this, you can turn to Mnemonics which can help you remember facts in a sequence. You can compose sentences to remember various facts through those sentences. For example, to memorize the Great Lakes of North America (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario), you can use a mnemonic like “Super Man Helps Every One”. Another example is “Men very easily make jugs, serve useful needs” to remember the names of planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune).
Create study groups
Rather than spending long hours studying all by yourself, you can start or join a study group to liven up your study sessions. A study group can present you with opportunities to learn from each other. When you compare notes, you can fill in any essential information that you may have missed during the class lecture. It is an excellent way to help and support your friends and probably to build long-lasting relationships.
Use nice stationery
Your stationery can serve as a motivating tool. Hence, try to invest in some good quality pens, writing pads, highlighters, coloring pencils and other materials that will make you want to use them. You can also get a sticky notepad and use it to write your ‘To Do’ list regarding your study plan. As you keep ticking things off the list, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and motivation to complete the list.
Try role-play or Improvisation
When you talk through what you’ve learned, it helps retain the information in your mind. You can choose your sibling, your mom or your friend and teach them the topic as though they’re learning it for the first time. If you’re reading a Shakespearean play, you could probably act it out with a couple of friends to understand it better.
Create a nook to study in – someplace unique
A dedicated study space free from any distraction can help improve your concentration. You can stock your stationery items and study materials and set up this place. You can also keep a timetable and study plan so that you can easily track your progress. Apart from a sturdy table/ desk, it is essential to have a comfortable chair with good back support. Ensure the room has ample light and ventilation.
Come up with a light-hearted quiz competition
You and your friends can choose different topics and set each other quizzes to test what you’ve learned.
At the end of it, you’ll be able to gauge which topics you are good at and which areas need attention. This way you all can enhance your knowledge on the subject matter and revise your lessons before an exam.
The above suggestions are different from traditional learning methods. Some fun and appealing elements can make studying more enjoyable by breaking the monotony of relying only on books. It is a sure-fire way to facilitate stress-free learning.