How to Ace a Study Date

Posted April, 2018

Study dates are much harder than getting an A on your next exam; you spend so much time preparing for your next exam that your date can end up feeling neglected! Finding that balance is an art. If you need some tips on how to wow your professor, while also being a flirt-master, check out this list!

1. Pick a well-lit environment

When Chris Brown said you look better with the lights off, he was probably already done with his homework. While light is vital for the studious aspect of this date, adequate lighting should be a general rule for just about every date. You shouldn’t take anyone to the movies for your first date, so why would you force them to read in the dark? That’s just not fair. You’re selfish.

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2. Study first, flirt second

We get it — your date is probably looking like a well-wrapped snack with that laptop light glistening off of their face, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to get your work done. Nothing is more attractive than a person with goals and ambition, so show your date what you’re working with and secure that A.

3. Help (only) when necessary

Sometimes, there's some expertise that your cutie is lackin' but you just so happen to be packin'. Disclaimer: The term 'only' should be taken very seriously. While intelligence and ambition are quality traits to look for when searching for a mate, being a know-it-all is quite the opposite. Imagine you wake up in the morning, walk into the kitchen, and you're automatically getting orders spewed at you. You have a new parent. "Take out the trash." "Change your shirt." "Call your grandma."

You really should call your grandma, though. She misses you.

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4. Schedule breaks

Making sure you stay on track and get that homework done is crucial for a successful study date, but don’t forget to get to know your potential S.O. Reward yourself by taking quick study breaks to ask them questions and show them you're interested in more than just good grades. Set down the pens after a focused 30 minutes of pure work and get some coffee or just chat.

5. Take Off Your Headphones

Okay, I know this might be a bit hard for some of you, but bear with me. I like to listen to throwback Beyonce when I study as much as the next person, but this is just something that has to be done. If you're not taking them off completely, at least give your date one ear of your attention. If you’re not ready to make that type of commitment either, turn it down a few more notches than usual. Your date probably wants to talk to you.

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6. Secure the Follow Up

Like an interview, you’re going to want a follow-up session with this person to show you’re the most viable candidate. If you didn’t read the above carefully enough, then your date probably doesn’t want to be around you anymore. If you’ve followed these steps properly and are smooth enough to impress your boo, you’ve probably convinced them you have brains and brawns. The next step: send a text to let them know you had a good time and want to see them again. Maybe this time treat them to a night out and bring them somewhere that’s not the library.  

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