Are there really fun ways to prep for the GED or are we just trying to get you to read this post? Prepping for a test can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be! When your motivation to study is at a minimum, try out these fun ways to add a little more excitement to your daily GED prep habits.
1. Make an awesome study space
Put up a poster that makes you smile, buy notebooks in your favorite colors, or purchase those really cool gel pens you never got to use in grade school. Whatever makes you happy will help keep you engaged during prep time. Create an area that is designated for work—your brain will focus and be ready to prep for the GED the moment you sit down. Personalizing your space and study prep materials brings joy to an otherwise potentially boring time.
2. Take breaks
Set aside a solid chunk of time (40-90 minutes) to prep for the GED, but also schedule in some breaks. Every 30 minutes, fit a little bit of movement into your studying. Don’t just take a walk, do something exciting! Stretch out with a quick yoga sequence, karaoke your favorite song or browse online for 5-minute salsa or tap dance lessons. Taking regular breaks makes your study time more effective—regular exercise helps you maintain better focus when it is time to sit back down to prep for the GED.
3. Find alternate ways to remember information
Research shows that the brain needs a wake-up call every so often. If you keep prepping for the GED in the same old ways, your brain will get bored. In turn, you don’t pay as much attention and your recall of information suffers. To keep your prepping at peak performance, try changing up your study routine!
|Reading information to yourself||Explain what you just read to a friend. Research shows that if you can teach a concept to someone else, then you know it very well yourself.|
|Highlighting in just one color||Using different colors to highlight different types of content helps visually manage information. Highlight main ideas, concepts you don’t understand and need to come back to, or vocabulary. Turn your highlights into outlines, questions or summary points to answer as you prep for the GED.|
|Writing words as you take notes||Adding visuals to your words by creating a graphic organizer for a certain topic. Graphic organizers visually display relationships between facts, concepts or ideas.|
4. Digitize some of your study habits to help prep for the GED
Many old-school study habits have become outdated and tedious. Upgrade a few of your prep materials to make studying more user-friendly.
- Take notes online using Evernote or OneNote. Create an account for free, then create, color code, and sort notes according to your study needs. These apps are great for visual learners since you can add pictures, draw diagrams, or link to web content all in one place. Plus, both programs work on any device or platform, so you can review GED information on your phone, tablet or computer.
- Make flashcards online using Quizlet or StudyBlue. Once you sign up for free, create your own set of flashcards with the exact material you need for GED prep. Create sets of flashcards using the exact material you need to prep for each GED subject. Both sites allow you to test yourself on key skills and monitor your progress. Bonus: once you create an account, you have access to flashcards and games already created by teachers and other students!
5. Make GED prep rewarding
The academic road to earning your GED can be a long journey, so why not reward yourself along the way? As you prep for the GED, write down a daily or weekly goal for yourself. Next to that goal, write a small reward; take a long walk with your dog, meet up with a friend for coffee, download a new song. It doesn’t have to be something grand, just something important to make you feel proud of your accomplishment and keep you motivated through your next study challenge.
Keep your GED prep engaging and even your least favorite subjects can become enjoyable. Remember, prepping for the GED doesn’t have to be boring—try different study methods until you find a few that work for you, then get to work and have fun earning your GED!