Top 5 Study Hacks for University Students

Many people can agree that at any level in school, it is possible to count the number of students that love studying. The other [countless] ones find it hard, boring or some other undesirable thing. Well, there is always a way or two in improving such scenarios. In this case, doing something beyond the normal is one way. Here are top 5 study hacks for university students to help them with their schooling.

  1. Keep distractions away

During study time, keep anything that diverts your attention as far as you can from you. The biggest culprit is your phone. Turn it off or keep it far from you. Research shows that if you are distracted for a minute, it takes 15 minutes to refocus on what you had been doing.

  1. Use an unfamiliar scent

This hack seems weird, but, it works. So, while studying, spray a new scent around you. The keyword is ‘new’ or ‘unfamiliar.’ Then, as you are about to take test or exam, spray it. This will jog your memory and you will recall much of what you had been studying as the scent hung around you.

  1. Study early in the day

This should not really be a hack because people hear about it all the time. However, since they ignore it a lot, they need a reminder for becoming a top student. In the wee hours of the day, the brain is fresh, and, will most likely absorb much of what you study. Avoid studying in the evening or at night when the mind is tired.

  1. Make an after-study treat before studying

Here is another weird but working tip. Do not be surprised that it made it to the top 5 study hacks for university students. Before sitting down to study, make or create a treat that you will enjoy after studying. This could be baking a cake, opening a can of your favorite crisps, or setting your favorite series ready to watch. This will motivate you to study and you will not even get tired or bored.


  1. Take breaks in between your study

One mistake that we make while studying is pushing ourselves too much. To study well, plan to study for some time then take breaks in between the sessions. Eat a snack, take a walk, or do some exercises. This refreshes your brain, keeping it in high working mode.

Well, there you have them: 5 study hacks to improve things for you. By applying them, your studying experience will significantly improve from the usual boredom and burnout.

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Jeremy Kaplan

A 50-something year old lifestyle, career, and education blogger based in Atlanta, Georgia. Years of experience in the office setting working with others and still loving it year-after-year.

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