We’ve scoured our brains and the internet to find for the best study hacks around to help your brain remember information quicker and easier, and ultimately help you do better in your exams.
1. Take a Walk Before An Exam
It’s been proven that exercise can boost your memory and brain power. Research conducted by Dr. Chuck Hillman of the University of Illinois provides evidence that about 20 minutes exercise before an exam can improve performance.
2. Speak Out Loud Instead of Simply Reading
Although this may make you look a little crazy, give it a go! You will be surprised how much more you can remember when you’ve said it out loud. Warning: Don’t try this in a crowded library!
3. Teach What You Have Learned
The best way to test if you really understand something is to try to teach it to someone else. If you can’t get anyone to listen to you explain the Pythagorean Theorem, why not teach a class of stuffed animals!
4. Create Mental Associations
The ability to make connections is not only an easier way to remember information, but it’s the fuel of creativity and intelligence. Steve Jobs famously said “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something”.
5. Search Google Like a Pro
Save time when researching sources online by mastering the biggest search engine in the world; Google. Follow the tips from the image above to find what you need at your fingertips!
6. Take Regular Study Breaks
When your brain is working, you need to take regular study breaks to help your brain absorb more information but also to keep you motivated and focused when you are working. Take a short break after 45-50 minutes study as your focus and concentration will become impaired after this period, anything new after 1 hour 30 minutes does not get assimilated.
7. Don’t Stay Up All Night Before an Exam
Make sure to get adequate rest the nights leading up to your exams. When you sleep, your brain assimilates the information you have learned when studying, so getting a good night’s sleep will help you remember those pesky maths formulas you need for your exam!
8. Consider hiring online study help
Even the best of us from time to time need a little outside help when we’re overloaded with academic tasks. Reputable sites like EduBirdie are a great way to help you manage your workload, as they take care of your written assignments and give you time to study for exams. What’s more, if you give them a general idea of the subject of your exam, they can help you create comprehensive class notes with which to study and better memorize the materials.
Our final piece of advice for those of you sitting exams is to stay positive. It’s amazing how a positive attitude can impact on your exam results or motivate you to complete that assignment when all you want to do is go to bed!