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At BEAU, pursuing our passions means that we get to spend most of our classroom and study time doing what we love – thinking creatively and producing creative work. But to graduate, there are still general ed requirements to complete that sometimes push us out of our element. For the creative student, it can be a unique challenge to switch off our creative minds and hit the books in a more traditional way. If you happen to be one of those students, here are some tips to help you ace those math, science, and humanities courses.
If you’re an artistic person, you might be a visual learner. Don’t force yourself to take boring, linear notes if you’ll remember things better in a different format. Color-code your notes, mind-map the main ideas from a lecture, or take your class notes in a sketchbook rather than on lined paper if these methods more accurately reflect the way your mind works. It’ll help the information stick in your head better!
Even if you feel silly talking to yourself, repeating information you need to memorize out loud can be another helpful study technique. Repeat facts, key ideas, and the definitions of key terms to yourself. This is an opportunity to use your creative flair, too. Saying things in a funny voice, making up a rhyme, or composing a little tune to go along with what you’re learning can all help the information stick in your head better.
If there’s a class that’s particularly difficult or that you find particularly tedious, set up a reward system for studying for that class. Pick a favorite treat, like a favorite candy, that’s off limits unless you reach a certain goal—like studying for twenty minutes, or writing a paragraph of your paper. The reward may be small, but knowing that you earned it will come with a great feeling of satisfaction that will help drive you through the next chunk of studying.