The ultimate juggle

Exploring study habits useful for holiday homework

Story by Savannah Downs, staff writer

Piles and piles of homework are sitting on the bed. Many teachers give out homework over the longer holiday breaks, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring break. To keep their grades up, students need to work on the homework they receive over the holidays. Here are some study tips for those who are doing their homework over the breaks.

Study with natural light: It is proven that studying in natural light can give you up to 46 minutes of extra sleep, resulting in an overall benefit. Instead of fluorescent, open up your windows to help increase the amount of information you remember for your next assignment.

Eat snacks: Eating snacks while taking notes is proven to help you retain more information, which is helpful to make good grades on your tests. You could even help burn off those extra holiday calories by substituting chips with some healthy alternatives, such as fruit or vegetables.

Teach material to others: By teaching others what you are studying, you can understand what you are learning easier and more efficiently. You can give a short presentation of your information to your family, friends or your furry friend. 

Smell success: An interesting study found that inhaling a unique scent while studying, and then again while testing, can help you remember your information faster and easier.

Banish multitasking: Researchers found that focusing on one object can help you get the most out of what you’re studying. Instead of multitasking, focus on one task, complete it, then move on to the next item of business.

These unique study tips are proven to help you conquer homework over the holidays. These small habits make the most of your time and help you use those study sessions for optimal productivity.