10 Ways to Study Fun and Effective

10 Ways to Study Fun and Effective

Studying doesn't have to be such a bore.

Let's be real, no one likes to study. Sitting in a library for five hours trying to read a textbook? No thanks. Luckily, there are ways to enjoy studying, and you don't have to do it alone. Here are ten ways to study more fun and effectively:

1. Motivational Sticky Notes

As childish as this may sound, reading a motivational message can really change your day. Spend five minutes of your time to write some inspirational comments on some sticky notes, and place them around your room or on random pages of your spirals. You know that feeling where someone tells you they believe in you? This is kind of like that, but even better, because you believe in yourself.

2. Form Study Groups

No one likes to study alone (unless I guess , you do?). Forming a study group, especially with people in your classes, can be beneficial to you because 1) you can ask questions, 2) you can motivate each other, and 3) you can test each other when the time comes.

3. Switch up studying locations

Libraries are no fun. No matter which campus you are on, there are dozens of places you probably haven’t explored. Switching up study locations not only makes studying more interesting, but also serves as a way to get to know your campus a little better. A change of scenery just brings a little fun into studying.

4. Schedule social activities

Micro-managing is something no one ever wants to do – but it’s essential. One key of making it in college is making sure you put your studies first. Plan your social activities around your studying. That way, while you’re studying, you have something to look forward to. It's easy to get carried away with the time spent going out, and it's difficult to realize the mistake before it's too late.

5. Make a Playlist

Not everyone can study with background music, but the music you listen to is ultimately what really get's you in the mood to study. Whether your playlist is full of R&B or Indie Rock, make one that you know you can focus to. Try for more instrumental versus lyrical, because you can often find yourselves thinking about the lyrics rather than the words in front of you.

6. Make it competitive

If you have a study partner (or group), make a bet to see who can score better on their next exam or who can go the longest without using their phones. Not only will you want to beat your friends, you won't be distracted and you'll have the mindset of wanting to do the best you can.

7. Reward yourself

Having an incentive is one way to motivating yourself to study. After a few hours of studying, reward yourself with some snacks and a little break. After a long day of studying, or some really quality studying, reward yourself with a nicer treat, such as being able to watch one or two episode on Netflix or going out for dinner with your friends.

8. Use flashcards

Making flashcards be seem like a bore, but it really is one of the more fun ways to learn vocabulary, formulas, etc. You can challenge yourself and see if you can summarize topics into just a few words.

9. Make your notes colorful

Seeing pages of notes with the same ink color is like reading a textbook -- you don't want to read it. Instead, change the color of the pens and highlighters you use to make for more colorful and eye-friendly notes. Use green for vocabulary terms and purple for main ideas.

10. Make a Quizlet

Remember those days in high school when someone in English class would make vocabulary Quizlets? They were actually really effective in getting us to memorize the information we needed, whether it be testing ourselves or playing the games within. Bring the Quizlets back.

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The 7 Best Pieces of Drag Race Lingo Ru-vealed

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Season Three of "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars" just wrapped last week, but season 10 of Drag Race is scheduled to premiere on March 22nd. You might’ve turned on your TV and thought, “what the heck are they talking about?”. Some of the lingo is confusing and unclear, so here’s a guide to just some of the key catchphrases.

1. The library/Being read

The name of the mini challenge is “Reading is Fundamental, in which queens take turns reading each other. When it’s their turn, they “enter the library”, which just means putting on goofy glasses. Reading is pretty much pointing out flaws but in a funny or over the top way.

2. Shade

Throwing shade is similar to reading someone, but I think of shade as usually more blunt, insulting and less clever.

3. Tea

Derives from the letter “T” standing for truth. Tea refers to gossip, news or information. Commonly used in the sense of “So, what’s the tea?”, which means “girl, what’s the gossip?”. It’s commonly combined with shade, as someone might say “No, tea, no shade, but…” which is a preface saying “no disrespect”. Conversely, someone might say “all tea, all shade” meaning that they know exactly how they sound and don’t care if you’re offended.

4. Fish

A queen is said to be looking fishy/serving fish when they closely resemble a woman. Some of the fishiest queens include Tatianna, Courtney Act, and Farrah Moan.

5. Back Rolls

An insult used in season 5 when Jade Jolie told Alyssa Edwards: “Girl, you had rolls all over the place in the back, it was disgusting!” To which Alyssa responded

6. Snatch Game

A parody of the 1960’s celebrity game show “The Match Game”. On the original show, contestants write in answers to questions, hoping to match the guest judge. Snatch Game operates in the same way, but the contestants have to impersonate a celebrity. This is a challenge that has taken place every season since the second one, and it’s probably the most highly anticipated. This is one of the challenges that really establishes the top queens, as they’re judged based off of likeness and humor. Celebrities that have been impersonated range from Dame Maggie Smith to Britney Spears, Judge Judy, Anna Nicole Smith, and even RuPaul.

7. Comedy vs. Pageant Queens

This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Some queens are more specialized in makeup, costumes, and overall pageantry. Others are more campy and over the top. Comedy queens are usually stronger in acting or comedy challenges, but pageant queens have the upper hand in design focused challenges.

So there ya have it, a short list of Drag Race terminology. I RuPaulogize if you got a little lost somewhere, but if you managed to make it through this article….


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If The 12 Zodiac Signs Were Portrayed By 6-Second Vines

"It is Wednesday, my dudes." - Leo

So here's my third Vine article, and I wanted to do another one because it gives me an excuse to watch Vine compilations all day! So here it is, zodiac signs as Vines. I hope it makes you laugh as much as I did!

1. Aries

Aries are known for standing up for what they believe in, just like this woman!

2. Taurus

Tauruses are big on security and getting their job done, just like these cops are doing with a little bit more fun!

3. Gemini

Geminis are very fun-loving and all about communication!

4. Cancer

Cancers are very in touch with their feelings. If only they could have helped this pigeon :(

5. Leo

Leos are all about self-expression, and that's all I have to say about this one.

6. Virgo

One of Virgos' traits is attention to detail! This guy seems to have that.

7. Libra

Libras are incredibly charming and romantic. This one screams romance!

8. Scorpio

Scorpios are very intuitive.

9. Sagittarius

Sagittarius signs are very big-hearted and know what people need, like maybe some milk.

10. Capricorn

Capricorns are known for their patience in dealing with things.

11. Aquarius

Aquariuses are very friendly, and they want to make other people smile!

12. Pisces

Pisces can be very sensitive, so do not disrespect them!

I hope you enjoyed and have a fantastic week!

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