10 Ways to Study Fun and Effective

10 Ways to Study Fun and Effective

Studying doesn't have to be such a bore.
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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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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