5 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory:

Walk around:

Studies have shown that exercise can boost memory and brain power. Dr Hillman found evidence that walking around for 20 minutes before an exam can improve performance.

Read Out Loud:

It can be surprisingly efficient; with some claims that it increase chances of recollection by 50%

Teach the Material:

This is one of the best ways to test if you understand something; if you can’t teach it, you don’t know it. Don’t worry you don’t have to teach it to real people, you can pretend (e.g. teddies) or just imagine and talk aloud to yourself.

Watch a documentary / video:

They make the topic interesting while also reinforcing key details.

Use your senses:

Chew a strange flavour of gum, or spray a perfume while you’re studying and use it again during the exam; it will make things previously associated with that sense easier to remember.

Storm Warning

The sweltering summer heat is quick to fade into fall rain and soon mud is being tracked across the aged stone of the hallways, fat, gray clouds take up space on the enchanted ceiling in the morning, Quidditch matches become a mess of rain streaked goggles and accidents waiting to happen.

The week before exams a storm rocks the castle.

Draco can feel a particularly virulent clap of thunder shake beneath his feet as he wanders through the library aisles, searching for one book in particular. Ancient Runes was by far his most difficult class, and if he couldn’t manage to do well on exams, well –

He rounds a corner. Stops. Pauses as he peers at the book he’s been searching for, at the girl who’s holding the book he’s been searching for.

She doesn’t notice him. Or, if she does, she doesn’t give any indication.

And Draco can’t quite bring himself to disturb her. Not when her lower lip is tucked into her mouth, forehead crinkled and loose strands of Y/H/C hair brushing against the pages. Her school skirt is rumpled, tie unknotted. Fingers tracing the words as she reads them.

Draco sucks in a breath. Tries not to think about the smooth skin of her thighs and the round of her lips that he just wants to –

“How long are you going to need that for?” he asks, voice a starling, jarring sound in the quiet.

The girl looks up. Raises an eyebrow as her pointed gaze sweeps from his face to his tie and lower.

“I’m not sure,” she says finally, measuredly. “I do have to study for exams, after all.” Her chin tips higher as she regards him. “So, it could be a while.”

He takes a step forward, hands tucked casually into his pockets. “Well, you’re not the only one who needs to study. I have exams too, so you should probably hand the book over to me.” Indignation is thrumming, hot and incessant, in his chest.

The girl raises an eyebrow. “Really?” she asks. “I have to?”

The book snaps closed and Draco isn’t sure whether he’s frightened or aroused.

“Yes,” he says, leans against one of the dust spackled bookshelves. “You do.”

“Or maybe…” the girl is stepping forward again, close enough so he can see the faint smattering of freckles across her cheeks, the gloss of her lips and the color of her eyes. “We could just study together – I could use some help, anyway.”

Draco nods, jerkily. Thinks about how the likelihood of him actually being able to do work is sinking every time she runs her tongue along her lip.

“I’m Y/N,” she says, holds out her hand in a way that strikes him as oddly formal, given the circumstances.

He takes it, relishes in the feeling of her small hand against his. He can feel the lines of her palms and the curve of her nails. He wonders, absently, if she can feel the drumroll of his heart against his ribs through the paper thin skin of their fingers.

“I’m Draco.”

Tips for Exams (Mostly Mathematics)

So it seems I’ve taken a fair few exams. I’ve had a variety of different types. I’ll try and give some pointers on what works best for me but generally how you tackle exams is a personal thing. 


-Beforehand, know how long your exam is, how many questions there are, whether there is a choice of questions and whether you are allowed a calculator  (and of which type).

-Know your bookwork. Well, as much of it as you can remember! Some modules have so much bookwork in the exam that if you don’t know at least some of it you won’t be able to get the top grades. (I class bookwork as definitions, theorems, proofs, examples that you’ve seen before). 

-Look at exam papers from previous years if this is possible for you. Some lecturers repeat questions. Some stick to the same order of questions each year. But don’t rely on this. I’ve had a lecturer change up the order of questions a few times. 

-If the lecturer provides feedback on exams from previous years, read it. It often includes some hints and tips and highlights the places where most students go wrong. Sometimes feedback can be disheartening though, if the lecturer is harsh, don’t take it personally. 

-Remember that structure is important. Make sure your answers flow mathematically. If you have time, explain your steps in a few words. Some methods require a little bit of written explanation. 

-If you get the opportunity to see the marked scripts of exams you’ve done previously, go and see them, especially if they are your first ones. You might have made mistakes with the way you structure your answers so it is good to learn how to write mathematics better. 

-If you can’t remember a formula, explain what you would do with the formula if you had it. Same goes with if you can’t get something to work. Write out the method as a last resort. I’ve picked up a few marks by doing this. 

-Check whether you are given a formula sheet. If you’re stuck, look at it. Sometimes you’re given vector identities that might help. If you’re not given a formula sheet, write formulae that you struggle to remember down straight away. 

-In Statistics, when you need a certain statistical table, look at the contents page of the tables book. You don’t want to be wasting time flicking through all of the pages to find the one you need.

-Make your graph sketches neat, and label them. They don’t have to be perfectly accurate but they have to let the examiner know that you know what that graph should look like.


-Know if it is negatively marked. You don’t want to be randomly guessing if you get deducted marks for incorrect answers. 

-Skip questions that are taking too long. Multi-choice exams usually have short time limits. 

-If you’re stuck, look at the answers they have provided. Sometimes you can work backwards and rule options out. 

-If it is a definition question, read the options very carefully. 

-Remember that some multi-choice exams have a ‘none of the above’ option.

-There is not as much emphasis on the structure of your answers since it’s usually one of those sheets that’s marked by a computer. Only you has to understand the workings out. 

-Make sure you have enough time at the end to fill in the answer sheet. 

-Make sure you use the right equipment (you might need a pencil to fill in the answer sheet etc) and also an eraser might be useful.

-If the exam includes multi-choice and written parts, do the written bits first because if you run out of time, you can quickly guess the multi-choice. 


-It is usually easy to work out which topics each question will be on from the content of the module. But don’t rely on this. Some questions mix topics. Don’t completely ignore one topic - I’ve had friends who’ve shot themselves in the foot by tactically revising to avoid a topic only to have it come up at the end of a question they could answer. 

-I liked to quickly read all of the questions first and then decide which ones I was going to do. It was no point me doing Q1 if I could do the other questions more easily. 

-Read the rules. Sometimes the exam is best 4 of 5 questions count etc (so you could do all 5 and the best 4 will contribute towards your grade. Sometimes it’s the first 4 questions you answer that count 

-If it’s the first option of the above point, sometimes it’s better to just focus on 4 questions and make them as good as possible instead of doing the 5th. Generally if you’re confident in the 4 you’ve answered, focus on making them better in the time you have remaining. If you’re not, and you can’t add anything to them, do the 5th. 


-Don’t be afraid to go to the toilet if you need to. Even if you don’t actually need to go, sometimes getting out of your chair can help (if you have lots of time of course!) You might also get an idea, such is the way maths and inspiration go together. 

-Have a water bottle, stay hydrated, especially if it’s a hot day. 

-Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a jacket, but make sure you know the rules on keeping it on the back of your chair (we weren’t allowed). 

-Personally, I never left an exam early, even if I still had an hour remaining. You might remember something that you’d temporarily forgotten. 

-Take your time, read questions carefully, as time passes don’t get sloppy with showing your method. 

-You don’t have to do questions in order. For me, I started with something I was very confident with to get me going, which wasn’t always the first question!

-Be aware of the time. Trust me, 3 hours passes incredibly quickly. Don’t let the length daunt you. 

-Be organised. Say you leave space for a question you can’t do, and you go back to it and figure it out, make sure you tell the examiner what page in your answer booklet you’ve continued the question on. 

-Eat before (and maybe after). Especially if there’s a long walk from where you live to the exam location. If you can have food in the exam, it might be worth it. I liked Jaffa Cakes because they’re not noisy to eat and don’t smell. 

I think that’s all I can think of. I’ll add to it if I remember anything else that I found useful. Feel free to add to this!

160720 KTR - Leeteuk hugged Mum and cried from exam stress 😅

Leeteuk : I was already a trainee when i was in the third grade of high school, Even though I didn’t put in efforts,I still felt the intense stress of third grade.Hehe let me tell you guys, I actually cried on my exam day Hahahahaha didn’t you guys experience that as well?
Guest : Before the exam? Or after it?
Leeteuk : I hugged my mum & cried while on the way to the exam Hahahaha


our hearts with you teukie.

anonymous asked:

Advice for someone who hasn't done their drivers test yet and is terrified of being on the road?

hmm have you done a lot of lessons on the road with your teacher? because personally I was also really scared the first times and I got used to it only after a bunch of sessions ;v;  I think before taking the exam you should be able to feel comfortable enough when driving so take your time with practice lessons (I think at some point I even asked if I could take some more bc I didn’t feel ready..)

and usually teachers take you to places you’ve already been to during practice for the exam so there aren’t many unexpected things, you just have to be aware of your surroundings and it should be fine (but it can also depend from the teacher and how annoying/demanding they want to be about it)

i took ap hugs 2016, so i figured that making a post for it would be helpful for those of you taking ap human geography this year :)

classes that will help you:
geography, social studies, environmental science, history


  • people may say that this is the “easiest ap course” but that doesn’t mean you can slack off and not study. i wouldn’t suggest cramming for this a week before the exam. (then again, i wouldn’t suggest doing that for any ap exam)
  • it’s important to know your ap regions + world countries in those regions.
  • a lot of the exam is based on vocab + models + theories, so be sure to know those well. there’s quite a bit of vocab and some of them can get a bit confusing too.
  • the models and theories usually show up in the free-response questions, so make sure that you can analyze a situation and apply a model/theory to it.
  • you could probably self-study this course, but i would suggest taking the course in class. it’s so much more helpful to have an experienced teacher explain the concepts to you more simply + answer any questions you might have.
  • i’d recommend using princeton if you’re planning to get an ap prep book. barron’s tends to go into unnecessary detail (and princeton does as well, but to a lesser degree).

ap hugs course notes
ap hugs big idea packet
ap hugs powerpoints
exam review study guide
prezi on models / theories
quizlet set on models / theories
powerpoint on models / theories
study guide on models / theories
note packet
world geography games
exam vocabulary
vocab - rubenstein textbook
general ap hugs flashcards
midterm review video + final exam review video
ap hugs practice test - quia
ap hugs practice test 2010 - quia
ap hugs practice test 2011 - quia
self tests
barron’s practice exam
online practice quiz
ap hugs test score calculator (not 100% accurate)
ap hugs free response answering strategies
ap hugs grand review

hope this helped and good luck! if you’d like to request a post, go here and if you’d like to see more helpful posts, go here!! thanks :)