5 Ways to Make Studying for Tests More Interesting

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If you're a high school student who's feeling bored while looking through the same old notes and textbooks over and over again while studying for a test, this blog post is for you. Check out our suggestions for how to make studying more interesting.

Keeping It Interesting

Studying for tests is like brushing your teeth or going to the doctor: not particularly fun, but quite necessary if you want to live a quality life. There are ways to liven up these activities: Doctors sometimes give out fun stickers, and there are toothbrushes that play music to keep you entertained. But how can you make studying for a test more interesting? Here are our top five tips.

1. Set the Mood

Before you start studying, you want to make sure that your environment is ideal, that is to say, if you study in a boring place, you're more likely to feel bored. So to properly set a mood that will keep you engaged and interested, try playing some music (that isn't distracting), using color-coded notes, and choosing a study location that isn't too drab or dreary. Instead of studying in the library, you might choose a fun local coffee shop. Even just changing locations every once in a while can be enough to keep you engaged in your studying.

A high school student studying for a test at a coffee shop

2. Make It a Game

There are very few things in life that are more fun than playing games so, naturally, it would follow that studying becomes more fun if you make a game out of it. There are a few ways you can do this.

First, you can search online for memorable trivia related to the subject you're studying. You can also construct a Jeopardy game with questions you know are relevant to the test you'll be taking. But, above all, remember that any activity can become a game if you include rewards. For example, you could eat a jellybean for every flashcard you answer correctly. Or, you can give yourself points for finishing math problems within a certain length of time. No matter which approach you choose, it's sure to be more fun if you incorporate some stakes.

3. Find a Buddy

Another way to automatically enjoy any activity more is to do it with somebody else. After all, we ''get by with a little help from our friends.'' So why not meet up with somebody from your class to study together? You can discuss the material, explain it to one another, and ask each other questions about any areas you might find difficult. You can also entertain each other during study breaks while simultaneously holding each other accountable in terms of continuing to study after the break is over.

High school students studying for a test together

4. Interact with the Material in a New Way

One way to help yourself understand academic material better while also making it more interesting is to interact with it in a new way. We recommend presenting the topic you're studying in a different form. For example, you could draw a picture, chart, graph, or comic book, or write a monologue, song, story, or skit. Depending on what you're studying, any of these options might be a better fit than the others, but at least one is sure to work for you.

5. Explore Online Videos

If you're finding that it's the test material itself that's boring you out of your mind, you might want to look online for videos that teach the same topic in a more engaging way. There are many online academic resources that make it their mission to teach topics that you're learning in school in a way that's meant to keep you interested, using things like animations, characters, and stories. You might find that accessing certain information in a visual format will finally make it click for you.

A high school student learning online

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By Daisy Rogozinsky
January 2019
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