Finding easy ways to study is not a big deal if you put a little thought into it. Studying for Trig, History or even Chemistry can be a drag, I know. But if you make the decision to study with purpose so you can get the most out of your study time, you will be able to have fun with your friends and have lots of extra time to do whatever you want.
The first part of my easy ways to study is very simple. Never study in crowded, noisy or distracting places like coffee shops. These types of places are best left for spending time with friends and catching up on how the weekend went. When you study, you must remove distractions or anything else that will keep you from comprehending what you are studying. These are not new ideas of studying, but this is a very important step if you are going to cut your study time in half. Then you can hang out with your friends with all of the extra time that you’ll have.
The next part of my easy ways to study to is different from my first tip, and it almost seems to contradict the first. I know that group studying is sometimes very necessary, but studying alone is when things really start to stick. Once you pick a quiet and friendly place to study alone, put on some of your favorite music. Not new music, but music that you are very familiar with and makes you feel happy. Your attitude while studying directly affects the way that you feel when you are taking a test. Make sure that you are not playing it too loud as to be distracting.
I personally like to use ear-buds because all other noises and distractions are removed. Here is what the music will do for you if you stick with it. The music puts your mind in a rhythm and almost seems to prepare it for new information. I know that may sound crazy, but it has worked for me for years. When I am taking a test my mind replays the music in my head and the information just seems to come out of my pencil like magic. But remember to be sure to listen to music that you enjoy and are very familiar with while studying. You don’t want to concentrate on the music, you just want it to guide your mind and prepare it for retaining new information.