Last Updated: April 21, 2014
by Andrea Cerny
Exams can cause tremendous stress. Not knowing what to expect and how you’ll end up doing can be nerve-wracking. Have no fear! You will feel like you’re ready to take on anything after learning these study tips and tricks. Practice them and you’ll be ready to tackle that exam in no time.
Put a little bit of perfume, cologne, essential oil, body spray, body mist, or scented lotion on while you’re studying, and then put on the same scent when you’re going to take the quiz or exam. You may also try using a body wash or soap to achieve the same effect. The scent will trigger the memory that you stored in your brain when you were studying. For best results, try a scent that you don’t have a lot of association with already.
2. Flavored Gum
Chewing a flavored gum is another great trigger for your brain. The flavor and texture of the gum can help you retrieve information from your brain quicker. For best results, try a flavor that you’re unfamiliar with.
3. Candy Trail
If you need a little motivation to read books or lengthy passages, try the candy trail method. Place a bite-sized piece of candy, such as M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, Skittles, Junior Mints, or gummy bears, beside every paragraph on the page. Once you finish reading each paragraph, reward yourself by eating that piece of candy. Positive reinforcement is a great way to motivate you and help you learn. If you don’t have a sweet tooth or prefer to stay away from excess sugar, choose something else bite-sized that you enjoy, such as pieces of cereal, pretzels, dried fruit, nuts, or crackers.
4. Times New Roman
Make sure your typed notes are in Times New Roman font. This font is one of the best and easiest to read in, and you will breeze through your notes.
5. Color Your Notes
Try taking notes and doing homework assignments with colored pens, markers, and highlighters. The colorful notes will improve your visual memory and therefore allow you to access information from your brain during an exam faster.
6. Teach Your Friend
You may think that you have the exam in the bag, but what happens if during the exam you have difficulty finding a way to explain your answers or put your thoughts into words? By lecturing to a friend, you are training and preparing your mind to recall and express information on demand, putting it in a fast, accessible place. This technique is especially helpful if you need to prepare for a speech or presentation.
7. Listen to Recorded Lectures
Listening to recorded lectures is helpful, especially if you are reviewing the notes you took along with it. This is a great way to refresh your mind of the lessons you have learned. These records are helpful because it brings the original information to a more easily accessible place in your brain in time for the exam.
8. Instrumental Music
While music is a great stimulant for our brains, some music can overwhelm and exhaust them. That said, not all music is bad for your brain. If you dislike the silence of a library or your roommate won’t turn the TV off, try putting in some headphones and jamming to some instrumental music while you’re studying. This will help energize your brain cells, making them happy and active, which will in turn make you feel more motivated to study.
9. Study Old Exams
If you have access to old exams, take advantage of it. Try re-taking old exams and treat them like the real deal. Studying old exams are also helpful because they can give you a good idea of how a professor phrases exam questions, the important ideas that may be included on the new exam, and what your strengths and weaknesses in the subject are. The better you do while practicing your old exams, the more confident you’ll be going into this new exam.
10. Outfit and Setting
If you can, study while wearing the same outfit you plan to wear on the day of the exam. By doing so repeatedly, your brain will associate your clothes with the studied materials so it will not appear new to you. Routine and familiarity are big keys in helping your brain retrieve information and from preventing your nerves from getting the better of you.
These study tips are great for all types of exams. Although it is important to study hard, don’t forget that you should also take breaks to rest and recharge your eyes, body, and mind. Food fuels the brain, so don’t forget to eat healthy and exercise to send more oxygen to your brain. Stay hydrated and don’t over-stress yourself! Practice these study tips and you’ll have the confidence to take on just about anything.image credits: imgur.com, schoolsuccess.co.uk
Original Post Date: April 21st, 2014