Let’s face it: Studying and working on assignments for hours and hours on end can be difficult, especially if you’re studying from home and you’re finding it hard to stay focused on your studies. It’s important to set aside 15 to 30 minutes in between your studies to help give your brain the rest that it deserves. But if you’re the type of person who finds it hard to get back into the “studying mode” after retiring from the computer screen for more than 10 minutes, listening to podcasts may be the answer to all of your problems.
Here are a few of the many popular and most educational podcasts on the web that could help give you that little boost of inspiration and motivation during your study breaks:
1. The Critical Thinker
From CriticalThinkingTutorials.com, this podcast gives great advice for both high school and university students on how to think “critically and independently.” This podcast was developed by a philosophy professor with over 14 years of experience, and some of the many topics covered in the episodes include essay writing, critical reasoning, and argumentation.
2. NPR Education Podcast
This podcasts discusses numerous issues in higher education, such as online degrees, college athletes, journalism students and departments, studying tips, and university classrooms. Some other popular NPR podcasts include “NPR: Planet Money Podcast” and “NPR: Economy Podcast.”
3. Stuff You Missed in History Class
Some of the many historical figures covered in this podcast include Sherlock Holmes, Jesus, Macbeth, and Lizzie Borden, as well as numerous other topics like the history of chocolate, or historical animals. Other podcast series from HowStuffWorks.com include “BrainStuff” “Stuff You Should Know” and “Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know.”
4. CNN Student News
This podcast discusses numerous issues and topics in educational news relevant to both high school and college students, such as nutrition standards in elementary schools, the DREAM Act, language studies, bullying prevention, and much more.
5. Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More
Listeners get educated on how to improve their time management skills, and will also learn numerous memorization tips, or how to deal with procrastination. Some other topics include dieting, organization, note-taking, and how record your work.
6. Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
This podcast is full of grammatical tips and exercises, and educates listeners on difficult grammatical rules and errors like how to end a sentence with a proposition, or using an active voice vs. a passive voice in your writing.
7. The Writer’s Block
Listening to this podcast could help you discover new books and authors, or maybe even inspire you to pick up a pen and start writing. Some of the podcast episodes consist of authors reading their own short stories and poetry.
8. TED Talks
Every week the hosts of this video podcast discuss an educational topic meant to “inspire, intrigue, and awaken the imagination.” Each week the hosts interview politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, ecologists, professors, scientists, cartoonists and other notable “icons and geniuses.”
Bio: Alexis Bonari is currently a resident blogger at College Scholarships, where recently she’s been researching scholarships for students with AIDS as well as twin student scholarships. Whenever this WAHM gets some free time she enjoys doing yoga, cooking with the freshest organic in-season fare, and practicing the art of coupon clipping.
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