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Get Ready…Set..EXCEL! Top Ten Back to School Study Hacks

Summer time is winding down for students all over the nation. While this time of the year is never unexpected, there is an eagerness for students to jump back into their daily routine and aim for success no matter what level of education they may be pursuing. We’ve researched and gathered a few study hacks to help ALL aspiring students reach their true scholastic greatness this upcoming school year. Check out our Top Ten Back to School Study Hacks:

  1. Stay Organized. School can be frustrating when you have a lot of assignments to complete. The best way to avoid stress is by keeping everything organized in a separate binder for each subject.
  1. After writing a paper, copy and paste it on to Google Translate, and listen to it to find mistakes.
  1. Download the app Photo Math. It lets you take pictures of math problems and teaches you the correct steps to solve them.
  1. You’re more likely to remember something that you wrote in blue ink than in black ink.
  1. Peppermint stimulates the brain and helps with concentration.
  1. While studying for a certain subject, pretend that you will have to teach the material. It helps you pay more attention.
  1. Use to find words that you can’t think of, but can describe.
  1. White text with black outline can be read with ANY color background.
  1. Studying hard for 30 to 50 minutes at a time with 10 minute breaks in between is the most effective way to study.
  1. Writing something out is equivalent to reading it seven times.

Council President Johnathan Austin said these ‘study hacks’ will come in handy as he begins his new journey at Cumberland School of Law this fall.

“Staying ahead of the learning curve is key in any level of education,” Council President Austin said. “Through simple adjustments from tried and true formulas, these study tips definitely will impact our drive to succeed.”

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.