It’s almost summer and I’m sure you guys have exams/finals coming up so here are my top ten study tips to help you pass!
1. Plan ahead whenever possible.
If you know your exam is in 3 weeks, mark it on your calendar and plan out what to study on certain days. That way, you won’t be cramming and burnt out by the time finals roll around. I usually like to use sticky notes to create a calendar and plan at least three weeks before the exam & write down what to study on what day. (sticky note calendar)
2. Eat the right foods
I know this might sound hard to college students and high schoolers, but eating healthy will improve your brain function and energy levels. I know when I eat something with a lot of empty carbs, I’ll usually get really tired quickly and lose the motivation to study. Also, plenty of water! (Power snacks!)
3. Make a study playlist
Classical music in particular has been shown to improve memorization, reduce anxiety, and relieve tension. It doesn’t necessarily have to be classical music. As long as it’s not distracting you, jam out to your favorite tunes while you study! The site I found the best for study tunes is Spotify. They have many pre-made playlists for studying including white noise, nature sounds, and classical music.
4. Study out loud
What I found that really helps is to say the information out loud like you’re teaching someone. Imagine you are trying to teach a friend about the subject you’re studying and tell them what you think they would need to know. After doing this, I memorize the information much better and can sometimes easily recite information when I’m doing household work. When I study something complicated like math, talking through the problems helps me a ton!
5. Take breaks
Set a timer on your phone to go off every 30-40 minutes and take a 5-10 minute break. If you study for too long you’ll burn out quickly, and it will be harder to retain the information. During my breaks, I like to check the news or watch funny BuzzFeed videos. Sometimes, I would even watch an episode of Friends.
6. Study with a friend
Sometimes it’s nice to study with a friend and have them quiz you on information. If there is something you don’t understand, you could ask them and vice versa. Just make sure they’re serious about studying, because it would be frustrating if you’re trying to learn and someones there distracting you.
7. Get resources from your teacher/professor
If you couldn’t get all the notes down from a certain powerpoint, ask your teacher if they could give it to you on a flash drive or email it to you (they’re usually happy to do so). That way, you could study, and write down notes at your own pace. If you still don’t understand something don’t be afraid to ask. The worst answer you’ll receive is no. They’re your teachers for a reason.
8. Rewrite your notes
When I’m taking notes in class, they are usually very messy, so I like to rewrite them in different ways to study them. You learn the information as you rewrite them, and the new set of notes will look neater so it’ll be much easier to study. (ways to write notes)
9. DO NOT pull an all nighter
Although it might seem like a good idea at the time, all nighters will impact your memory and performance the next day. They’ve been linked to poor cognitive performance, and sensitivity to stress. On days leading up to the exams make sure to get your full hours of sleep. (5 ways to fall asleep faster)
10. Eat a great breakfast
I know. We’ve all heard this before, but it really does help. Eat a nice big healthy breakfast with good fats, and carbs to help you power through the exam. Eating a healthy breakfasts has been shown to improve your memory during exams, so you can recall more things. For me, I can see the difference on my performance during exams when eat breakfast. If you don’t have time, try to get a granola bar, or a banana. (Healthy breakfast for busy mornings)