Study Tips // Why We Press On

Monday, November 16, 2015

It's that time of year again. School, school, and more school. And I happen to be up to my neck in it. I have a full schedule this semester. Frankly, I don't even have time to write this. I have so much to do. But, for y'all, I wanted to do a post about studying just to give you an idea of how I prepare for tests, quizzes, and exams.

1. Find Your Zone.

My zone is someplace completely alone with soft light and Frank Sinatra/Taylor Swift/Hunter Hayes playing in the background. It also helps to have a cup of coffee near by. We all do best in our zones. I like music loud enough to drowned out the world around me but soft enough so I can focus. I like to be warm and comfortable with minimal distractions. Whatever your zone may be, find it.

2. Don't study on an empty stomach.

There is a reason teachers tell you to eat a wholesome breakfast before standardized testing. Food is important, y'all, and we all need it. Don't try to study on an empty stomach. Your brain works best when you're fed. So eat. 

3. Leave your phone as far away as possible.

I've found that the best way to study is without your phone. Sure, it's helpful when you're on the go, but there are way too many distractions in one place to get anything done. Even when Do Not Disturb is turned on, I still get social media notifications, and guess what? They distract me every time.  

4. Find your learning style.

I learn visually, aurally, and verbally. I like lectures and note-taking, and I benefit from repeating something over and over again. We all have different learning styles, and we learn best when we use that learning style. If you aren't sure of yours, you can take this quiz.  If you aren't sure how to apply your learning style to your studies, you can read this article


So, there are four tips for you, and they all require one thing: discipline. But what is yours and my motivation? Why should we work hard? Why do we give it our all and do our best? Is it merely because that's what society tells us? Is it because we want to get into an Ivy League school? What if you've got a perfectly good family business waiting for you, and you don't even have to go to college?

Christians are called to work hard because it's what God wants for us. He has place us where we are for a reason. He wants our best.

Colossians 3:23-24 says this: "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."

Our work is for God, not for ourselves or other people. Right now, whether you're in middle school, high school, or college, God has called you to be where you are and to work for Him, not for men. He has called us to learn discipline and work ethic and to spread His word wherever we go. And in the midst of all the trials we're going through, we have an eternal reward.

1 Corinthians 15:58 calls us to be "steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."

Our labor isn't in vain; God has a plan for us. So why should you study hard? Because that is what God has called you to do, and He expects you to do it well and for His glory, not your own.

Happy studying, readers!

P.S. Next week is Thanksgiving Break, so I'll be able to post more often. Be ready for a Thankfulness post :)


  1. Ahhh, this was such an encouragement to me is starting to get overwhelming and I just want Thanksgiving Break. Now. But we need to press on.
    And I like at the end how you said we are doing this for God, not just to get into whatever college we want too. :)

    1. Thanks for reading, Lauren! I'm glad you can relate, and I'm happy to encourage you. :)

    2. Thanks for reading, Lauren! I'm glad you can relate, and I'm happy to encourage you. :)



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