Note: This article contains general facts – not medical advice. If you find yourself in a questionable situation, seek professional counsel.
We’ve search out the web and scoured our brains to bring out the best study hacks to help your brain remember information quicker and easier and ultimately help you do better in any examination.
Here are some proven study tips that can help increase your chances of acing exams:
Read, Don’t Cram
Researchers have shown that cramming simply doesn’t work. Scientific research shows that various parts of the brain support different types of memory. As a BBC article reviews, “lots of us think that actively thinking about trying to study will help us remember it. Researches prove this is not the case.
Instead of memorization learning, memory researchers advise students to uniquely reorganize the information so that it will have a structure that can be retained in a meaningful manner to them. For example, rewrite the content of what you want to study in your own words. The general concept is to make studying associative and active. In other words, be imaginative and diverse with your studying (e.g., flash cards, white board, study buddy, acronyms and much more).
Practice on old exams
One of the most effective tactics to prepare for examination is to practice taking past exam questions. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and – having time yourself – can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each question.
Practice Problems, Don’t Just Study
As a student, lecture in the classroom is mostly comprised of PowerPoint slides containing mostly theoretical standards. It can easily mislead you into thinking that simply because you understand a systematic idea, you have practiced the material in the context of solving practical questions. However, without practicing an appropriate amount of questions, this is usually not the case.
For example, you can comprehend the premise of the equation for heat transfer (i.e., q = mc∆T) but fail to solve mathematically based heat transfer problems on a chemistry exam. Remember: practice makes reminder (not perfect) so make mistakes now and practice a lot of problems.
Get Enough Sleep
To Study or to Sleep The Academic Costs of Extra Studying at the Expense of Sleep,” concluded that, “regardless of how much a student studies daily, if that student sacrifices sleep time to study more than usual, he or she will have more issue understanding lessons taught in class and be more likely to struggle on an assignment the following day.”
According to the medical study, an adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep is correlated to a lower result, poor academic performance, and increased mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. So, make sure to get enough rest before any examination!
As for napping, approximately 30-50% of students nap. The effect is that “nappers sleep less than non-nappers.
Walk Before an Exam
It has been proven that exercise can improve your memory and brain potential. Research made by Dr. Chuck Hillman of the University of Illinois gives proof that about 20 minutes exercise before an exam can enhance performance.
Drink plenty of water
As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout the practice, and also on the exam day.
A quick nap is usually recommended (20-30 minutes) for readiness.