By Jordyn McCulley
Studying for any exam is stressful. Sometimes you can study for hours and hours on end and have no idea what you just studied. Here are some tips to help you get through the toughest exams.
- Take notes using different colored pens
By taking notes using different colored pens stimulates the brain to remember that information easier. Try highlighting the topic and then underlining anything that is important or that going to be on the exam.
- Review your notes as if you are teaching the class
This may seem silly and very elementary but it works. Reviewing the notes and study guide acting like you’re teaching a class is proven to help. By acting like you’re teaching a class on the topic helps the brain retain the information by tricking it to think that it knows everything about the topic.
“I study the best by teaching myself the material and then meeting up with someone who is in the same class and teach them the study material” Kate Solomon, second year said.
- Treat Yo’ Self
Thats right, Treat Yo’ Self. Doing cram sessions only helps the information go in one ear and out the other. Studying for 20-30 minutes at a time and then taking a 10 minute rest helps to the information sink in and your brain register what you just studied. Just remember to skim over what you studied before moving on to the next topic.
- Study in different locations
Studying in a different location other than your bed helps stimulate the brain. Also studying in another location other than your room or the couch keeps the brain awake. Thus making it easier to retain information and remembering it for the test.
“I like studying in different locations because I stay focused longer than I do when I’m studying in my room” George Baker, third year said.
- Organize your notes/mark things that are unclear
Organizing your notes to what is on the test helps the brain process things a lot quicker and easier. Underlining or marking something you don’t understand makes it easier for you to know what you need to spend more time studying. It also tells you what you need help with so you can ask the professor or a tutor.
- Classical music
Few people listen to classical/instrumental music unless it’s in a movie scene or elevator. Listening to classical/instrumental music helps you focus better on the material needed to be studied. While listening to lyrical music your brain is focusing on the lyrics even if you have never listened to that song before. This takes the focus away from the material needed to be studied.
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