Spent the summer glued to your games console? Now that school has started again, and there’s much less free time at the end of each day, you might be finding it difficult to stop reaching for the controller when you should really be studying.
But we’ve got some good news… it turns out that gaming could actually unlock the secret to study success! Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or an occasional console competitor, harnessing the power of gaming for your studies could help you seriously improve your focus, revision and, ultimately, your results.
So, if you’re ready to level up your studies, read on for our expert tips on how to use gaming to get top grades.
The foundations of gaming – the elements that make it fun, challenging and rewarding – are also great tools for building a strong study system that will help you achieve your best. These core principles include: rules, challenge, feedback and fun.
When applied to your study routine, these four basic gaming guidelines can transform studying into a more exciting, and more effective, activity. Not only will you find it much easier to sit down and study, but you’ll see your grades start to climb too!
Every well-designed game works around a set of carefully constructed rules. These help guide you as the gamer through the world of the game and plan your moves strategically to progress further. And studying is no different. Having a meticulously planned study routine and schedule is crucial.
Just as games are divided up into different levels, tasks and scenarios, it’s a good idea to break down your study time into manageable chunks. Set aside specific blocks of time for each task. You might plan 20 minutes of active recall using our Revision Notes for one topic, followed by an hour practising Topic Questions for another.
By keeping to these time limits and setting yourself clear, separate tasks to complete each day, you’ll find it easier to stay focused and progress much more quickly. Planning your study schedule in advance will make it easier to stick to as you’ll know exactly what you need to tackle next and what you need to do to get there.
The thing that makes us much more likely to reach for our games console than our study notes? It’s fun! By applying the above gaming principles to your study routine and redesigning the tasks you set yourself to complete, you can transform studying from feeling like a chore to an exciting challenge you’re motivated to complete.
You might use your revision notes to create eye-catching study cards and then use these in an active recall challenge the next time you return to the topic. Or perhaps you might create your own scoreboard to record a weekly mock paper result – competition, even with yourself, can help drive you forward. You could even allocate ‘levels’ to completing certain topics, to mark your progress as you move through the syllabus.
We hope you have fun putting these tips into practice and enjoy using gaming to help you get those top grades!
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