If you’ve been struggling to get your studying on track, this is the post for you. Study skills are something that must be taught, learned, and practiced. Unfortunately, most of those study skills are never taught, never learned, and never practiced.
And sure, you’ve pulled an all nighter or two, or two hundred, and they always seem to work out, right?
Ummm… kind of?
Here’s the thing about all nighters: you do not retain most of the information you cram into your skull the night before a test. They also adversely affect your sleep rhythms, which throws your energy off for potentially weeks afterward. Anyone who has been through finals week knows what I’m talking about.
And just a few weeks of shortened sleep over time can shorten your life span. Yes, you can cut actual years off your life by cutting your sleep shorter than the recommended 8 hours your body needs.
So, what to do about it?
Get some study skills, get some crystals for studying, and let’s get you back your energy and lengthen your lifespan.
The Benefit of Study Skills
If you’re studying for something after high school, chances are you care about what you are studying. I read this great joke on the internet the other day that said “realize there’s a medical school student cramming for a test right now, and he’s going to forget it all after he takes the test. That’s why you are your best doctor.”
It’s funny because it’s true.
Doctors learn a ton in medical school, and they forget a ton of what they learn.
Same goes for lawyers, accountants, veterinarians, business owners, you name it.
The best in their professions of course spend the rest of their lives and careers keeping themselves educated in their specialties.
They apply those study skills that are critical to long term retention.
The ones they often did not have time for in college when they were bombarded with information while also living busy lives filled with work and extracurricular activities.
Study skills that help you actually learn the information you need, not just memorize it, ensure you keep that information with you for a long time, and can actually help others with it.
Top 10 Most Important Study Skills
There’s a ton you can do to learn and retain any information you take in, which will only make you a stronger student and then a stronger professional.
I cannot say enough about sleep and its effects on your brain function. While there are plenty of naysayers in the world, even of science, that submit their theories that “not everyone needs 8 hours,” why take chances that you’re one of the people who will be just fine without sleep?
Getting yourself 8 hours of consistent sleep each night is the most important thing you can do for learning and studying. It will improve your concentration, focus, and memory.
Same goes for exercise. Physical activity boosts your brain health, keeps you positive, and helps you learn better. You want to remember what you study? Go for a walk outside.
You are a better problem solver when you’re well exercised. And it contributes to better sleep! Win/win.
Ensure you follow the basic healthy diet of lean meats, fruits and vegetables, and healthy grains and fats, while minimizing fried foods and processed sugars and carbs, and your brain, and your study skills, will thank you.
It is always better to learn in groups, or at least in pairs. Find a study partner, someone you can bounce ideas off of, or even someone you can check in with in between solo study sessions, and you’re much more likely to remember what you learn.
Same goes for teaching. Einstein once said something to the effect of if you can’t teach it well in simple terms, you don’t know it.
So grab your partner in love and life, call a sister or friend, and teach them what you’re learning. It’s a great practice to ensure you are retaining and understanding what you’re learning.
Read in Small Chunks
When you’re sitting down to learn, take breaks, break your reading into smaller chunks, and drink lots of water in between. It hurts your brain to read a lot of dense information in one sitting, and you won’t remember any of it anyway!
So, read a few paragraphs, maybe a page, and then get up. Move around. Drink a glass of water. Recite what you read out loud. Let it sit in there for a minute. Then get back to it.
Whether in the margins of your text or on a separate piece of paper, make sure you physically write down what you are learning, in notes that make sense to you.
Studies show we build a muscle memory from writing with a pen or pencil in a way we don’t when using our laptops or audio recorders.
Once you’ve studied a chapter or segment, test yourself. Use the book or an online test, or just review your notes, covering up the answer and quizzing yourself on topics and terms.
Self-tests are a great way to see where you are in your learning and build from there.
Read Extra Material
When you are thoroughly engrossed in a subject, you learn it better. Think of it like language immersion.
If you’re studying the Civil War, read an extra book, watch a movie, listen to a podcast, about the same subject.
Keep your head in the game.
And of course, manage your time. Make sure you plan ahead and study your material in small increments that lead to great results. Give yourself plenty of time to learn.
Procrastination is the bane of studying. Do not do it.
Crystals for Studying
Now you’re armed with 10 critical study skills, it is time to arm yourself spiritually.
Make sure you take time before you sit down to study to meditate. Send out a prayer to the universe to bring you focus and clarity on your subject matter and keep your crystals by your side for a powerful study sesh.
If you’ve ever read any of my posts on crystals, you had to know clear quartz was going to be at the top of this list. It brings clarity and focus on all matters, and it will help amplify the power of any other crystals you bring to your study session.
Indeed, if you are steeped in academic learning, you might even want to simply wear a crystal quartz with you at all times. Keep that beautiful mind open and flexible.
I love an amethyst for mental work. It is healing, cleansing, and calming. It will help keep you focused and concentrating on the subject in front of you.
Amethyst will also keep you calm in this stressful study time and help you destress so you can get the sleep you need!
Speaking of stress, I love black stones for absorbing negativity. Black agate will not only take away your negativity, but it will also clear it up and send it away.
Ground with black agate and get really good at getting really present. Focus only on this one thing, this one subject, this one study session, without worrying about all the what ifs.
On the flip side of ridding yourself of negativity, you can bring in all the positive vibes with citrine. This bright and sunny stone will remind you of just how great you have it, just how powerful you are, and just how well you can conquer this subject material.
Keep your citrine with you any time you are doubting your academic abilities.
There are so many great properties to the rose quartz, not least of all love. If you are in a negative, self-doubting space, rose quartz will remind you of how worthy you are. You can love yourself, and even love your subject matter.
I once read an article by a brilliant scholar who said the number one trick to doing well in school is to find something to love about what you are studying. The more you enjoy it, the better you will perform.
Rose quartz is here to back that theory up.
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In the end, you are your most powerful study tool. Take care of yourself on all levels – mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually – and you will find your studying becomes increasingly easier.
We tend to make the mistake of “pushing through” in this society, and we have, I believe, pushed ourselves too far for far too long.
It is time to slow down, reset, and allow ourselves to sink into what we love.
If you love what you do, you will always win.