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The Top 3 Games to Boost Your Study Skills

Studying doesn’t always have to be a drag. Any time you can do anything to make studying more interesting or fun, go for it. Below I’ve listed 5 board games that are a lot of fun but teach some high powered skills that will help you in your goals to study better.

1. The Settlers of Catan

This is one of our family’s all-time favorite games. If you’re not familiar with it, Settlers of Catan has a changeable board that you setup at the beginning of each game. The object is to be the first player to get 10 Victory Points You get Victory Points by creating settlements, cities, or by having The Larger Army or The Longest Road.

You can build cities and settlements by having the correct amount of each item, like sheep, wheat, granite, or wood. It’s a pretty good lesson in basic economics and the development of civilization.

But more than that, it’s a GREAT game to learn long-term planning.

You’ve got to pay attention to your own cards, your opponents’ cards, and what is being rolled every second of the game. You’ve got to be aware of how many points you have, how many points the other players have, and what it will take for you to win. Then you’ve got to implement that strategy to try to win the game.

How is this like studying? Winning at school work is more than just one day’s worth of homework or one quiz. It’s a long-term strategy for success in everything you approach. You’ve got to look ahead to figure out what assignments are coming up and fit preparing for them into your schedule.

You’ve got to keep up with all of your other assignments while you are studying for upcoming tests and research papers.

And you’ve got to figure out the best way to study for all of these things, and the best way to study for one subject might not be the best way to study for the others.

Just like your strategy to get a lot of settlements in Catan would be different from your strategy to get The Longest Road.

2. Clue

Clue is a all-time great game. It’s one of those games you forget about when you grow up but then rediscover when you have kids. But you’ve got to use so many good skills to play it, skills like deductive reasoning, and note taking, and strategy.

How does Clue teach you about deductive reasoning? It’s all about figuring out the murder by crossing off possibilities and then coming up with the solution.

It’s a lot like taking a multiple choice test. You look at all the available answers and you use your mighty powers of deduction to figure out which answers aren’t the correct one and you are left with your answer.

In addition, you’ve got to pay attention, you’ve got to take great notes on your little Clue pad, and you have to be very careful in your assumptions. Just like when you are studying for a test, you’ve got to pay got to pay attention and take accurate notes. Have you ever spaced out while you’re playing clue and forget to check off one of your own cards? Or forget to check off one of the cards that your friend has shown you?

That’s not going to win you the game, just like not taking accurate, careful notes will not get you an A on a test. Accuracy and Awareness are the key to success in studying and most everything you do.

3. Risk

Risk is a tough game and I’ll bet you think I’m going to talk about Risk for teaching strategy. It is good to demonstrate strategy, but it’s also a great lesson in persistence.

My niece Emily is a great Risk player. She will conquer one country and then takes her cards and ends her turn. At first I thought she was nutty for playing this way, but then I saw my son try to conquer Asia and fail, and my other son lost Africa. Emily conquered Europe and then Asia while everyone else was battling.

It was a brilliant strategy.

She took the slow and steady route to global domination and it worked.

Studying can totally be like Emily’s strategy. When you decide you want to really buckle down and learn to study, add one new strategy or habit a day in the beginning. Don’t try to build Rome in a day. Go bit by bit and master each skill as you go.

Before you know it, you’ll conquer the world.