Whether you’re in high school or in college, you will inevitably come across a time when you have to ride the bus. That may involve a short ride home, or it may involve a full road trip. Whatever the case may be, you will probably have to find a way to study in the midst of a bumpy ride. This is easier said than done. It is possible to study on a bus, but it is far from easy to do. If you are thinking about doing this in the future, the tips below will help you get through the process the best you can.
Read and Pause, Read and Pause
Buses are always bumpy, so you can’t expect to get a lot of reading done when you ride on a bus. If you do have to read to study, you need to master the art of reading and pausing. If you don’t do this, you run the risk of getting a massive headache while you study on the road. That will inevitably worsen your chances of studying when you get home. Read a sentence or two, and then close your eyes. Repeat this process as often as you can to avoid staring at a shaky screen for too long.
Ideally, you need to reserve your bus time for refreshing information in your mind. This is not the time to actually buckle down and study. Try to have most of your studying done before you get on the bus so that all you have to do is review the information. You can make flash cards to look over on the bus, or you could have a practice test already filled out. Then all you will have to do is look it over when you get on the road.
Drown out the Noise
You will probably have noise to deal with while you are on the bus. The noise could be coming from the people in the vehicle with you, or it could be coming from the road you’re on. No matter what the situation is, you will need to find a way to drown out the noise around you. That will help you focus on your studying.
I usually do this when I write my essay by listening to music that I’ve heard a million times over, because I’m not tempted to listen to the words of the music. It’s just there to mute out everything else.
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
No matter how much you try to study on a bus, you probably won’t get very far with it. Someone is going to rip a big fart in the bus, and you’re just going to have to make a joke about having an exhaust leak. Well, that may not be the exact situation that happens, but you get the idea. You can try to study on a bus, but don’t rely on the bus for study time. That you will probably need to take on solid ground. If you have a big test coming up in one of your courses, you may want to plan your studying around the bus trip – not on it. The tips above will just give you the best possible chance at maximizing your time on the road.
Study dates are relatively popular in college because they allow couples to spend time with one another while they prepare for their courses. If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, you may be tempted to get together to study for a test you have coming up. While this is a nice way to spend time with your partner, it may not be the wonderful event you want it to be. Rather than setting yourself up for disappointment, you need to understand the pros and cons of study dates. Here’s an analysis of the process so you can determine if you want to go through with it.
“Study” or “Date”…Take Your Pick
You can’t have a study date that is a genuine study session and a genuine date at the same time. You will either end up ignoring your partner to study or you will start making out right on top of your textbooks. No matter how committed you are to your date and to your course work, there is no way that you can focus on both of them at the same time. That is the main problem with study dates is that they aren’t a happy medium between the two sides of your life. In that case, they end up being a waste of time. It may be in your best interest to just pick one or other from the start to avoid the disappointment.
The Embarrassment of Confusion
You want the person you are dating to think you are the smartest person in the world you may tell people you don’t care about that, but you do deep down. If you’re struggling with your training, you don’t want your partner to see that. That will just make you look like a fool. Sure, your partner can be there to support your education, but he or she will then have to see you in your worst academic moments. Is that something you really want?
Stress + Partner = Fight from Hell
When you start studying for your classes, you are inevitably going to be stressed out. Stress is never good in a relationship because it can cause tension to build really quickly. I actually avoid talking to my husband entirely when he has to study because I know he has to focus. If I say something he doesn’t care to hear, a fight will most likely ensue. Assuming you don’t like fighting with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you may just want to spend time together when you don’t have the stress of an upcoming test looming over you. Then you can focus on actually enjoying the person you are with.
Different Studies for Different Buddies
You may not have any of the same classes with your partner, which means that you will have nothing to discuss while you study. If you have the same classes, great. Otherwise the idea of studying together seems a little absurd. My husband and I never studied together when we were dating because our college majors were vastly different. We just didn’t see a reason to sit in the same room while we learned different materials. If you and your partner have totally different schedules, you may not have a reason to study together in the first place.
I would never discourage someone to study, but I would discourage him or her from having a study date. When you think about the pros and cons of something like that, it is hard to see the purpose behind it. Consider all of this carefully before you plan out a study date. It may not be everything you want it to be.