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Completing assignments, special lessons and studying doesn’t have to be an arduous task. These simple study hacks are easy to implement and they can lead to improved academic performance.

  1. Google Translate. Copying and pasting written work into Google Translate helps to hear those minor grammatical errors that are made when writing a paper.

  2. Apps. Math apps allow the student to take a picture of the math problem then illustrates solving the problem step by step.

  3. Something Blue. For students who write their notes in pen, it is believed that blue ink leads to greater memory recall than black ink.

  4. Aromatherapy. Scents such as peppermint stimulate and promote concentration.

  5. Be The Teacher. When studying, teach the subject. This method helps the student focus more on the content as they teach their study notes.

  6. Flowery Words. Is the same word being used over and over again in an essay? Search websites which list synonyms for the word to add life and color to written work.

  7. Bright Backgrounds. Changing the color on the background of the electronic device or the paper being used to take notes to a bright color can stimulate the brain. A color such as yellow enhances concentration and wakes up the nervous system.

  8. Don’t Cram. Content-focused studying in blocks of 30-45 minutes followed by a 10 minute break produces the greatest outcome for retention of the information being studied.

  9. Stay Sweet. Snacking on chocolate, preferably dark, can improve brain blood flow, oxygen levels and/or nerve function leading to a boost in memory, attention span and problem-solving skills.

  10. Write It Out. Rewriting notes, important dates and events and definitions one time is like reading that same information 7 times. Writing helps to take an inventory of what is already known while calling on the student to engage in retrieval of information that was already learned.

Make student life easier by using these hacks to increase productivity, boost memory, attention and focus and improve concentration. Not all of these hacks will work for every student. It will take a bit of trial and error. Sometimes, it might be as simple as chewing gum while studying which acts as a brain booster. Whichever method or combination of methods is chosen, make it work for your homeschool!

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