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Top 10 Best Study Tips of All Time

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.

1. Scent

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

gummy bearsIf 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

TWhile 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.

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Keep Calm & Study On: 5 Tips On Preparing For The SAT

The SAT is a three hour and forty-five minute exam that tests all the skills you are learning in school like reading, writing, and math. Taking the SAT exam is one of the most essential steps in the college application process that leads to eventually attending the college of your choice. It can also be one of the most intimidating initiatives. But since it’s necessary, here are five tips on how to prepare:

1. Practice Tests, Practice Tests, Practice Tests

They say practice makes perfect, right? Whether or not you’re enrolled in a SAT prep course, nothing will prepare you for the SAT as much as actually taking the SAT! So carve out some time once a week (or at least once every two weeks) to take a practice exam. Although sitting and taking a test for nearly four hours isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, it is a great idea to prepare your mind and body to be able to sit and focus for that long.

Head to the SAT College Board online for free practice tests.

2. Write Essays

The SAT exam allows you twenty-five minutes to write an essay on an assigned topic. Although it seems unlikely - it is possible to plan, construct, and proofread an essay in this short amount of time. The essay will always be the first section of the SAT exam and the prompt will touch on issues like justice, the value of knowledge, or learning from past mistakes. Practicing your essay before your exam will ensure that on the actual test day you are comfortable with this quick style of writing.

Practice with these potential essay prompts on College Board.

3. Study Up On Your Vocabulary

One word: FLASHCARDS! Brushing up on your vocabulary will be essential to succeeding on the SAT exam. No, that doesn’t mean you need to start reading the dictionary in your free time. Check out this list that Quizlet made of College Board’s most commonly used vocabulary words to sharpen up. Becoming familiar with these words will aid you during the sentence completion and reading comprehension sections.

4. Guess Or Skip?

While you’re taking the exam you will likely run into some questions that you may find confusing and others that you plainly won’t understand at all. Instead of wasting time trying to figure it out or stressing about it – just skip it. All of the questions in the SAT exam are worth the same amount of points so spend more time answering the questions you’re absolute about. One big key to SAT success is time management!

5. Difficulty Levels – Learn The Test Structure

One of the main factors in doing well on the SAT exam is understanding the fashion in which its structured. The questions on the SAT are arranged by difficulty. Basically, the questions at the beginning of the sections are easier than the ones at the end. Therefore, spending an equal amount of time on each question doesn’t really make very much sense. By answering the questions at the beginning of each section quickly, you will allow yourself more time for the difficult questions at the end.

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Quick and Easy ACT Prep

WOW! Did the ACT test date sneak up on you? As in, today is Monday and the test is Saturday and you’re freaking out? Take a deep breath. Follow the pointers below. You’ll be great.

The Week Before

  • Get plenty of sleep each night from now until the exam. A full 8 hours the night before the test is good, but building up to that is even better. Your body and brain need to rest so they can be ready to focus the day of.
  • Read newspaper articles in their entirety. Do this every day. It’s easy to skim articles when you see them online, but getting in the habit of reading an entire article on paper in front of you will prepare you for the test. Really ambitious? Write a few summarizing sentences describing the article and your response to it.
  • Check the ACT Test Prep website for their Question of the Day!
  • Get together with friends who are taking or have taken the test to discuss it. They can offer you pointers and you can quiz each other on vocabulary.

The Day Before

  • Get everything you need ready to go in one pile the night before. Seriously do this! It will make your life so much easier to wake up early, grab your backpack and go. This includes your calculator, photo ID, admission ticket, and pencils.
  • Double and triple check your test center address, the route you’ll take to get there, and your reporting time.
  • Go to bed at a reasonable hour!

The Day Of

  • Eat some breakfast! Even if you are not normally a breakfast person, eat or drink something so you aren’t operating on a completely empty stomach.
  • Pack a snack to have during your break to keep your fuel levels up!
  • Bring water, but don’t chug it before you enter the test. You’re going to be in there for a while and you don’t want your brain focusing more on the bathroom than the test questions.
  • Bring a sweater – some test centers might be cold! Again, you don’t want to be uncomfortable or focus too hard on anything other than the test.

The Day After

  • Let it all go! You’ve done all you can and now the only thing you need to do is wait for the results.
  • If you get the results and you’re less than pleased, register to take the test again and spend more time on practice questions this time around.
  • If you get the results and you are satisfied, CONGRATS! You did it.

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