Do you ever find yourself lacking the motivation to study? Have you ever sat down at your desk, only to stare out the window thinking of all the exciting things you could be doing instead of studying? Or perhaps your stress levels are at an all time high and you seem to have lost your passion for learning? Most likely, you have responded ‘yes’ to at least one of the above questions. If you are anything like me, you might even find that at some point in time, you have experienced all of the above. Whether you are looking for a way to boost your motivation, are sick of repetitive and boring study sessions or need to reignite that spark within yourself, what I am about to share with you is the perfect, easy and fun solution to your problems!
After years of putting unnecessary pressure on myself to maintain a perfect average at school and university, I realized that the most important ingredient for academic success is enjoyment! If you enjoy what you are learning and keep a positive mindset then the benefits will shine through in every area of your life and help you get those great grades! Imagine if every time you sat down to study you were actually excited? That with every skill you acquired, with every topic you conquered and every assignment you completed, you felt confident?
We spend majority of our time either at school or completing homework, so it’s time to take a stand and make some necessary changes! Gone are the days of boring study sessions! Instead, I invite you all to join me in throwing a study party! Besides, who said throwing a party should be reserved for birthdays and special occasions? I certainly disagree!
To throw the ideal study party, here is what you will need:
- Your best study buddies
- A distraction free zone (your bedroom, lounge room or even outdoors if weather permits)
- Your favourite party snacks (popcorn is a must at my study parties!)
- Decorations (streamers, party hats, balloons, confetti etc.)
- Your textbooks, class notes, pens and pencils
- Positive vibes
- An open mind!
Now that you are all set up and your friends have arrived, it’s time to get your study on! Start by taking turns explaining different topics you need to revise and see whether there are any gaps in your notes that could be filled in. Once you all have a grasp on the topics, it can be a great idea to organize some different games to help you learn the information and prepare you for your class test or exam. This is when it’s time to get creative! I like to put my own personal spin on typical party games. Here are a few different games you might like to play with your friends:
Create a bunch of flashcards and have one of your friends hide them around the room. Read each one as you find them. Whoever finds the most is the winner!
Write down a list of topics, definitions or theories on some cut up pieces of paper. Fold them in half and place them in a hat. Then, take turns to draw from the hat and act out the word to your friends. The team with the most number of correct answers at the end of each round is the winning team!
3.The chocolate game (my personal favourite!)
Place a block of chocolate in the middle of the circle with a plastic fork and knife. Have each person write down at least 5 questions on different pieces of paper and place them in a bowl in the middle of the circle. Take turns picking a question to answer. Once a question in answered correctly, the person can use the knife and fork to cut the chocolate and eat as much they can until the next person answers a question correctly. You have to act fast if you want to get that chocolate!
So next time you reach for your textbook, remember to also reach for your party hat and invite your friends over for a study party!
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