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Whether you’re in high school or college, studying a vital part of getting ahead and receiving the best grades possible. Some people prefer to study at home, some prefer the library, and others prefer a bustling coffee shop. Wherever you like to study, it is important to remember a few key items that’ll make your study session go smoothly. Some things may seem obvious that you just tend to forget to pack.  Others are things that may not seem useful, but end up helping in a big way. Here are the five essentials you need for a productive study session.

1) Headphones

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve made it all the way to the library, set out all my books and notebooks, only to find that I’ve left my headphones in my dorm room. Headphones are an essential either to block out the noise from all that is happening around you.  They’re also helpful to listen to some calming music to get you through a daunting bout of reading. Listening to music also helps time move a little faster.  You won’t feel as sluggish after you’ve been sitting in the same spot for hours.

2) Index Cards

This essential may be subjective to how you like to study.  When remembering vocabulary, dates, or important facts, creating flashcards are a great way to study material.  It’s helpful by both handwriting out each card, and by testing yourself with them over and over. You can write them out using different colored ink for different subjects and chapters.  Divide them up by using different colored cards. It’s proven that handwriting material helps it to stick in your brain better than typing, so using index cards can be a great tool to study for exams.

3) A water bottle and snacks

Whenever I am preparing for a long study session, I always try and make sure to pack a water bottle and some sort of snack in my backpack. Studying while hungry or thirsty is futile, because you are going to be so focused on your growling stomach that you won’t actually be paying attention to the material in front of you. This way, when you get hungry, sustenance is at your fingertips.  You don’t have to get up and break away from studying to go buy food. Going to get food can cause you to become distracted or not want to return to working after you’ve eaten. If a snack is with you, you can take a short five minute break to eat, then dive right back into your studies.

4) Chargers

While your cell phone and laptop are obviously things to remember when going somewhere to study, you may often forget to grab your phone and laptop chargers. It is always very discouraging when you are feeling very productive and getting a lot of things done, only to have to leave and go home because your laptop is about to die. There have been a number of times where I thought my computer was charged, only to get to the library and find out that my battery is in the red. The only thing that saved me was remembering my charger, so I could just sit by an outlet and continue working. This is also useful for cell phones, as we all know how quickly iPhone batteries drain. I suggest bringing both, just in case you find yourself in a pinch.

5) Wear comfy clothes

I try to look decent for class, often wearing jeans and nice top; however, that is not the ideal outfit for spending hours upon hours sitting in one spot. Wearing comfortable clothes eliminates the necessity to fidget and be uncomfortable while you sit there and work, and instead you can focus on learning what is in front of you. This is also the perfect excuse to break out your favorite pair of yoga pants and sweatshirt. Being comfy is an essential to being your most productive self, without the worry of your too-tight jeans or those shoes that pinch your toes.

Joleen T
FFL Contributor
Joleen is a Contributor at FFL. She enjoys reading, going to Chipotle, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. You can find her at the library, or studying for the LSAT. Her goal is to become a lawyer, and eventually run for public office. Her role models are Nikki Haley and Sandra Day O’Connor.

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