How To Use Gaming To Get Top Grades

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.

Game design for studying

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!

Re-writing the rules

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. 

Set yourself a challenge

Why is gaming so much fun? Because it presents you with a challenge. It’s this that keeps your hands stuck to the controller as you strive to perfect your skill, reach the next level, or complete the entire game. Setting clear study goals will help replicate this sense of challenge and motivate you to sit down and work. 

Goals should be manageable and specific. For example, while your ultimate goal might be: ‘achieve a top grade in Physics,’ you should break this down into smaller, more immediate steps like, ‘complete two mock Physics papers this week.’ 

This approach replicates the levels-based structure of your favourite games; it keeps you focused on a particular challenge which, when completed, moves you closer to your ultimate goal. Applying this to your studies will help you stay focused and gradually reach your wider goals.

Feedback and reward

Feedback is pivotal to gaming. Whether it’s how many points you’ve accumulated, which level you’re on, or where you’re positioned on a leaderboard, feedback helps monitor your progress and motivate you to continue playing. 

So, when it comes to studying, building in feedback is also essential. You might set yourself a mock paper each week and use the mark scheme to assess how well you’re doing. Or share your essays with friends and peer-mark each other’s work to help each other improve.

Another feature of gaming which keeps you coming back for more is the rewards. The better you get at the game, the more rewards you collect. These often help you perform better in the game and keep you playing. 

Whenever you find yourself making progress in your studies, it’s just as important to reward yourself. Whether that’s by taking a break to watch your favourite TV show, going for a walk with your friends, or spending the evening doing something creative, make sure to celebrate the small wins along the way.

Don’t forget to make it fun!

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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