Study skills to help you get through exam period

Study skills to help you get through exam period


Study before bed: During sleep, your brain condenses and processes what you’ve learned during the day. It is more likely to solidify the things you learn right before you fall asleep, so review your most important notes before you doze off.

Get out of the house/library/study space: Not only will exercise — even if it’s just a walk around campus, or around the block — keep you alert and in good spirits during exam time, it also helps you remember what you’re studying. While sitting and studying in the same place for hours can make all the facts, equations and readings blend together, moving around makes your brain form new associations. A quick walk actually helps you retain what you’re studying by building associations between the material and the world around you.

Set goals: A new study suggests that putting gummy bears at the start of every section heading as you go through your textbook will help motivate you to get through your studying. If gummy bears sound too sticky to keep on your textbook, you can always use other rewards, like a cookie. However, you should probably avoid the five-minutes-of-studying, five-hours-of-Netflix setup, or other rewards that quickly turn into procrastination.

Drink: Caffeine, not alcohol. While it can be a good idea to wean yourself off your coffee habit during the summer, final exams are exactly when you want to drink coffee. Lots of evidence suggests caffeine keeps you alert and stimulates brain activity, so drink up!

Don’t go on the Internet: Does this really need to be said? Generally, whatever you think you need the Internet for to study, you can probably find it other ways. Even if it takes you a little longer to grab a book from the library instead of finding an e-book online, you’ll save time in the long run by not getting distracted.

Make a schedule: It helps you stay on top of all your studying, and if you write things down, you won’t need to take up mental space with all the details you can just write down.

Sources:, Stanford

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