An important test or exam is coming up and you’re looking for better ways to study? We’ve all been there. Collage students, high school kids and even working professionals can benefit from these tips and tricks to study more effectively. So here we go:
- Plan ahead and space out your studying. There is nothing worse than trying to study all of the information on the last day or two. By planning ahead and spacing out your study sessions you will give your brain more time to go over the information and retain a lot more of it. Not to mention this strategy will reduce your stress levels.
- Move around. Stationary sitting for a long time is bad for you. It also makes your brain bored and retain less information. By taking short 5 minute breaks every 30-40 minutes you will see better results.
- Study before going to bed. Reading your notes or a text book are great for helping you fall asleep. But did you know what you can actually remember more information if you study before sleep? It’s true. By studying before you go off to dream land you allow your brain to dwell on the new information while you’re sleeping.
- Write it out. Writing down the information you’re trying to remember get you to remember it much better. Your brain learns in many different ways and writing it out is just another tool for your brain to use. It’s almost like practicing the actual exam itself.
- Make yourself relaxed before you study. Relaxed brain will learn a lot easier then excited one. Simple breathing exercises or listening to calm music will put you in relaxed and learning friendly state of mind.
- Set up a reward program for yourself. Treating yourself every time you pass a milestone could be a great way to stay motivated throughout the learning process. Finishing a chapter or a page of notes could make great milestones. Remember: don’t make your milestones too small.
- Drink water. Dehydrated brain does not learn as easily as hydrated one. Don’t drink pop or energy drinks as they make your body’s sugar or caffeine levels unbalanced. Water is your friend.
- Remove all distractions. Social media or your cellphone could become your worst enemies when trying to concentrate on studying. Use your cellphone to respond to texts or phone calls ONLY on your break.
- Imagine that you are expalining the material to someone else. Practicing retelling or reteaching the newly learned material is one of the best ways to memorize it. If you don’t want to talk to your stuffed teddy bear teach the new material to your younger sister or your boyfriend.
I hope these tips and tricks will help you with studying and Acing your next test or exam! Happy studying:)