Exams are on the doors and they are probably the week where every student is stressed and overloaded with studying. But when you sit to study, how do you transfer all this information into your brain? You need effective study habits. Also, it is never too late to cram the night beforehand. If you weren’t able to study for any reason -even if it is to finish your favorite tv show- you can still cram and study in these effective ways I will explain further in this article.
1) Make a plan and stick to it
Grab a sheet of paper and write down your plans for the day and the parts you want to tackle and study during your study session. You can study two different subjects. Set the timer for 30 mins to study and take a break for 10 mins and then set it for another 30 mins where you will study.
If you do that, not just for one day, but for a whole week you will get used to it and in fact, you won’t be able to study unless you planned your whole day from the head start.
Being organized is the key start, and do not forget to take breaks!
2) Practice, practice, and practice!
Athletes practice their sport, musicians practice their instruments and same for students, they practice their work and studies.
Rereading your textbook and summarizing the rules wouldn’t be effective unless you solve and practice on each lesson. This is how the information settles in your head.
It is proven that you would score higher by solving past exams and practicing over and over. You also get to know how the question can look like.
3) Use pictures and visuals
Colored sticky notes and pens are your friends at this point. Try to pay attention to diagrams and drawings in your textbooks. They can boost up your long-term memory therefore, you get to memorize better. If there are no pictures, unleash your inner artist and doodle some on the text-book. I guarantee you this works as visual aids are a great to help.
4) Find examples
If someone tells you a bizarre and strange example, you find yourself recalling it every once in a while, as your brain memorized it. The same thing, when you find examples that further explain your textbook, you get to memorize not just faster, but way easier as your brain already understood the point you need to study.
An example: sour food tastes that way for they contain acid. This might be hard to memorize but if you think about lemon or vinegar as an example, you will remember that sour food and acid go together.
5) A bonus: Be kind to yourself
Stick to a regular routine with a fixed sleeping schedule where you actually get 8 hours of sleep as needed on a minimum range. Not just the night of the exam but for many nights beforehand.
Do not stress it. Given the time we are in and the coronavirus pandemic, it is already tough for us out there so the least you can do is cut yourself some slack. Eat healthy food rich in vitamins. Stay hydrated before the exam and have something sugary. Treat yourself to your favorite chocolate bar. It is not the end of the world. It is just an exam that you will ace quite easily.
“Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.”