Ryan Garcia: Sonny's A+ Study Guide


Hey guys! I’m Sonny Mendoza, and I thought maybe you could use some help. Don’t get me wrong, you’re obviously slaying the game of life, but if you’re like me, sometimes it all starts to feel like too much. We have goals to get good grades and go to college, and with all that pressure sometimes there’s no room left to have fun. But what if I told you there’s a way to actually enjoy your study sessions? Follow my lead on these unconventional study tips and you just might find yourself smiling all the way to an A+!

Study tip 1: Window writing

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Use dry-erase markers to—get this—WRITE ON YOUR WINDOWS. Writing on windows is not something you do every day, and is legitimately fun, so whatever you write is more likely to stick in your memory! And don’t worry, it will all erase just as easily as it’s written, so you won’t get in trouble.

Study tip 2: Draw it out

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This one is especially good for studying history or literature. Draw out important historical moments or characters from whatever book you’re getting tasted on, and you’ll be more likely to memorize everything you need to know. So grab some colored pencils and get sketching!

Study tip 3: Get physical

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I like to memorize facts while jumping rope. I can’t prove that it helps with retaining information, but I can vouch for the fun factor!

Study tip 4: Make it musical

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Turn your notes into a song! Don’t know how to write a song? No problem, just read Songwriting For Dummies and you’ll be on your way. Remember, the song doesn’t need to be good for it to be helpful. And no one else has to hear it, so let loose!

Study tip 5: Put sticky notes EVERYWHERE

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This one is great for memorizing facts and definitions. Buy colorful sticky notes and fill them up with all the information you need to know, then stick them onto your mirrors, your bed, your walls, your desk, your door, the kitchen table…literally everywhere! Writing out the information will help you memorize it, but nothing will reinforce that memorization like seeing it over and over wherever you look.

Try ‘em out and let me know your favorite by emailing SUBMISSIONS@brat.com!