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14 Science Proven Ways To Study And Ace That Exam!
We've all been there. There's a big test coming up next week with a lot riding on it, and even though you know that you need to start studying ASAP, you just don't know where to start, and nothing seems to be helping you. But now you've got this tip. Science has literally guaranteed that these tips WILL help you get out of your study funk. So go grab some books and pencils, and let's start!
1. You always seem to remember those reminders that you give yourself right before falling asleep, so why shouldn't studying be the same? While you're sleeping your brain sorts through your memories from the day, deleting the useless ones and strengthening the revelant ones. So before you hit the sack, try hitting the books for a few minutes to skim and review what you've learned today.
2. Try setting your alarm for five minutes earlier and take that time for one last review. In the A.M., your brain is fresh from hours of sleep and has tons of room to absorb information.
3. As much as you love your desk (or, more accurately, your couch), studies have shown that it's best to be studying the same material in a different setting each day. Every time we move locations, it forces the brain to make new and different associations with the information, ultimately making it a stronger memory.
4. Scientists have discovered that practice quizzes are one of, if not the, best way to prepare for the big day. Don't stress of you absolutely can't remember the formula to the volume of a cone; when the brain has trouble with a particular piece of information, the correct memory strengthens immensely.
There are many free sites that offer practice tests to prepare you, such as:
So set a time limit for yourself and shut those books!
5. Hundreds of studies have proven that writing something by hand creates a better and stronger memory then typing. Going back over your revelant notes and copying them over again by hand can help you greatly, and can even make concepts clearer to you.
6. Give yourself a small treat at the end of your session! It make it a little bit easier to plow through the one last chapter of Algebra.
Every two hours or so, aim for a half hour break. If you want to be even more productive, use that time to work out a little. It's been shown that even as little as half an hour can boost those cognitive abilities and get you through the books.
8. Even if you like to do things, freestyle, the most successful students PLAN out their studying time. Set time limits, make small breaks for yourself, decide on the material for each day. Taking a few minutes to make a schedule can save you hours of studying things that you don't really need.
9. Take breaks! They actually have been shown to boost our productivity and help us stay focused. Every 20-30 take a few minutes to stretch, walk around, go to the bathroom, or check your social media. Just make sure that small break doesn't turn into the rest of the day!
10. Play some beats! Everyone has a different preference, but classical music has been shown to be the best for reducing anxiety and soothing the tension. Try making playlists for each subject.
11. Right before turning your gaze to a screen or paper, try staring at a blank wall for three minutes without letting your gaze wander. Research has suggested that meditation can boost your attention span and greatly reduce any anxiety. If your confident in longer and more intense meditation, go for that. But if not, this little mini meditation works wonders too.
12. Nuts, olive oil, and most fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are famous for their ability to give your brain a boost. A recent study has shown that eating a combination of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids can calm some pre-test jitters.
13. Essential oils and essential to your grade! Research has discovered that sniffing some delicious essential oils like lavender and rosemary can help to calm you down before your exam.
While studying, however, go for a more peppy scent. Peppermint has shown to be very helpful in keeping alert and helping your brain think things through.
14. Use a font that's harder to read. Easier to read fonts might mean you can relax a little, but science has shown that they also cause your brain to skim and not fully comprehend all the materials you're reading.