“Hacks” are creative strategies to make daily routines a little bit easier. These top ten study hacks can help your teen get the most out of their study time.
1. Read notes aloud to consolidate learning
Reading their study notes out loud is an easy and practical way for your teen to improve their comprehension. Be it in front of a mirror, to a friend or to you, the practice of reading out loud will help your teen improve their comprehension and memory.
2. It’s easier to read “Times New Roman”
Typing up notes in the font “Times New Roman” can be a particularly good for studying, as it is easy for the eyes to follow.
3. Listening to music can help with concentration
Listening to relaxing music can actually help your teen’s productivity while they study. Encourage your teen to try turning on classic radio while they study and see if it makes a difference.
4. Label highlights with key topics
Highlighting study notes using fluorescent pens is a good way to consolidate and recall key learnings. Each pen colour can be used to highlight different key topics such as “Quote”, “Date” and “Event”. If you do not have any highlighters handy, underlining key words with different colour pencils or pens will do the trick too.
5. Turn devices onto silent
Turning off electronic devices such as mobile phones, or switching them to ‘silent,’ is important in reducing distractions for your teen, and can help them to make the most out of study time.
6. Write distracting thoughts down
Writing down distracting thoughts as they pop into their mind can help your teen remain focussed on the study task at hand. Random thoughts such as “pack sports shoes for school” and “call Nanna and thank her for the present,” can be jotted down on a piece of paper for them to do later.
7. Take regular breaks
Taking short, regular study breaks can also help reduce brain tiredness and increase productivity. Encourage your teen to take regular breaks – go for a walk, stretch, have a quick shower or have something to drink.
8. Get plenty of sleep
A good night’s sleep can make all the difference! Encourage your teen to go to bed at a regular time each night. They can also improve their quality of sleep by turning off any distractions in their bedroom, such as mobile phones or televisions.
9. Use mnemonics
Using mnemonics is a great way to remember facts, lists and large amounts of information. Mnemonics are creative ways to transform lengthy lists into fun words or phrases. For example, “My very energetic mother just swam under Norway” is a simple way to remember the order of the planets in our solar system (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune).
10. Bright lights for night-time study
Keeping study areas well lit at night time can help your teen remain focused on their study. A well-lit study area will help keep their brain alert by minimising the level of melatonin – the sleep hormone. Just encourage them to turn off the bright light and have some time to relax and unwind before bed so they can get a good night’s sleep.