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15 Study Hacks to Help You Study Better

From sniffing unique scents to mastering the art of memorization, get the tips and tricks to ace that exam!
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  1. The Best Time to Study

Wake up extra early because the best time to study is between 4:00-6:00am when the brain functions at 100%.

  1. Make Yourself More Awake

How to actually stay awake when you study? Simple ways like drinking fresh orange juice to doing jumping jacks and making the last few minutes of your shower cold will help.

  1. Overcome Procrastination

Understand the causes why you procrastinate, set time when accomplishing tasks and choose to study in a place with no distractions, get more effective tips from this pin.

  1. Promodoro Technique

This pin shows you how to effectively use the Promodoro technique or studying for 25 minutes and taking 5-minute breaks after.

  1. 6 Steps to Efficient Note Taking

Do you struggle with incoherent notes after a lecture? Follow this 3-section format instead to organize main topics and a space for a summary.

  1. Color Code

Make notes fun and more visually stimulating by assigning terms to colors, similar to this pin.

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  1. Google Hacks and Shortcuts

Maximize Google with formatted search queries that will get you better and more reliable results. You can also try math problems, unit conversions and keyboard shortcuts to increase efficiency.

  1. Weird Tips Worth Trying

Ever heard about spraying a unique scent or eating gum with a distinct flavor? It's said to increase retention when studying. How about giving yourself a reward and creating a gummy bear trail on your notes?

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  1. Study Plan Guide

Effectively plan for a big exam by creating a study plan, it will help breakdown the units and chapters to study so you can assess how much time to allot for that subject.

  1. Memorization Tips

Combine verbal, visual and auditory ways to memorize your notes. Have you thought about incorporating physical movements to retain information? Check out the tips here!

  1. Desk Organization

Add order to your desk and assign trays for in and out homework, easily accessible shelves for books and a board for reminders.

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  1. Digital Declutter

We spend a lot of time using our gadgets or laptops, it’s crucial to get our digital life organized, so sit down and take the time to organize your files and conduct a monthly ‘cleaning’ of unnecessary ones.

  1. DIY Dry Erase Boards

Save paper, write down your to-do lists and study itinerary on a DIY dry erase board instead, it's as simple as writing on a photo frame with glass panel.

  1. Create a Work Station

Assemble jars, boxes and trays to form a work station to store all your necessary materials to do projects and homework, having everything in one place will make you more efficient.

  1. Reminders Before You Study in the Library

It's easy to scramble inside the library and settle down, but don't forget these important must-haves before you enter, to ensure a smooth study session.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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