Study Tips For the Upcoming Exam Season | Scoop Sorority

Exam season is coming up, and that means it’s almost time to study. This year has been different than most, so studying might be a bit more difficult than ever before. This is especially true if you have been learning via Zoom. Here is a list of some study tips that should help you to ace your next test!

Create a Plan

The first step when it comes to studying for a big exam should be to make a plan. If the professor gave you a study guide, follow that! If not, take a look back at your class notes.

Another thing that must be planned is your time. Allocate a certain number of hours per day to study and stick to it. Time can also be split up into chapters or concepts. For example, set aside one hour per chapter. 

Turn Off the TV

This tip might seem like a no brainer, but many people find themselves studying with distractions such as a TV on in the background. During study time turn off the TV to focus on studying.

Organize Your Study Space

Speaking of distractions, a messy workspace can also make studying difficult. Some of us have busy lives and have a difficult time keeping our dorm rooms clean. Others are still at home due to campus closures. Clean up your space to create a less chaotic studying area and make studying easier. 

Listen To Classical Music

Music that is soothing and relaxing can help students to beat stress or anxiety while studying. There are specific “Study Vibes” playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. Here’s my favorite! Background music  may improve focusing on a task by providing motivation and improving mood.

Teach a Friend

According to American educator, Edgar Dale, we remember only 20% of what we hear, which is why just listening during class is not always enough to earn us a passing grade on an exam. He also said that we remember 95% of what we teach to others. Woah! If you and a friend have the same class, spend some time teaching each other the materials and you’ll be sure to do amazing. Just make sure that you are teaching the correct information!

Write It Down

Similar to when teaching a friend, we also remember more of what we write down. This might sound ridiculous, but rewriting your notes can change your grade from a B to an A. You might be thinking “but I already wrote notes the first time,” but do it again! Writing information down creates more neural pathways in our brains and helps us to remember.

Test Yourself

Testing yourself is an alternative to teaching someone else. Ask yourself test questions using flashcards and check to see if you got the answers correct. 

Use Online Resources

The internet is an amazing place. Resources like YouTube can be a great place to find videos to study from! If you dozed off in class, online resources are perfect to help understand confusing concepts before your test. 

Use Brain Triggers

Using brain triggers is one of my favorite study tips. Researchers have found that chewing gum can help with alertness while test taking. If you chew the same gum while studying and test taking, you can trigger your brain to remember the information. Research has also been done that suggested that wearing the same scent during a test that you wore while studying can help you remember. Why not try it? 

Study Before You Sleep

During sleep, your brain strengthens new memories and puts them into long-term storage, so there’s a good chance you’ll remember whatever you review right before going to bed. Just don’t study while you’re in bed as it can affect your sleep!

Let us know which of these study tips would work best for you in the comments below! 

Be sure to check out our latest article on binge worthy 90’s TV shows for when your done studying and can turn that TV back on!

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