Why is studying so agonizingly difficult? Why hasn’t someone invented a technology that will implant knowledge directly into our brains for easy access? I am confident that this will happen one day, but in the meantime, here are some pointers to make the minutes seem less like agonizing hours of hellish torment:
Create funny songs! When I had to remember the periodic table of elements, I turned it into a song to the tune of “Bennie and the Jets.” (I can’t remember exactly, but it was something like, “B-b-b-bromine and tellurium.”) That song was one of my sophomore year’s most revolutionary endeavors, and I would have done great things with it if I hadn’t misplaced the Burger King napkin on which I wrote it.
When your teacher instructs you to read pages 34 through 9,450, do so in your preferred accent. There’s something about British accents that makes reading a textbook feel exciting.
Make an attempt to explain the material to someone else. Attempting to teach the material will activate those memory mechanisms in your brain, so enlist the help of your best friend, little sister, mailman, and friendly neighborhood taxidermist. If necessary, take hostages and force them to remember mathematical formulas. You’ll be prepared for your math exam, and they’ll have reluctantly learned that sine equals opposite over hypotenuse. Everyone comes out on top!
Create acronyms. Taking HOMES as an example, it’s a great way to think back on the Great Lakes. Furthermore, it’s a great way to remember that “hairy old men eat sausages.”. You’re welcome.