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Study Tips & Tricks to Get You Through Finals!

Jun 12, 2015

Hey high school students!

As classes are coming to an end, I am sure your stress level is through the roof, getting ready for exams! It’s one of the worst moments of a student's life. To make it a little easier, I have come up with a list of study tips to make studying more productive and to help your information to stick!

1. Study before you sleep.

A good time to study for an exam is in the evenings because when you go to sleep, that’s when your brain consolidates your short term memories into long term memories (aka helping you to recall what you just studied!). Be careful though! Avoid studying in bed, this will trick your mind into thinking your bed is a work station rather than a place to rest, which will affect your sleep.

2. Create acronyms.

It can be beneficial to create acronyms for terms and concepts you are trying to memorize. You would be surprised how a simple, 4-letter acronym can allow you to remember paragraphs of information!

3. Study small chunks of information within a time limit.

This is also known as the Pomodoro Technique. Sounds complicated, but it’s not! Get a timer (preferably one that looks like a tomato) and set a time limit (say 25 minutes). In those 25 minutes, focus on a smaller part of your study notes for the allotted time. When the timer goes off, take a quick break before moving onto the next section. You will be surprised at how effective this can be! A similar and tastier method was suggested by our very own Diana Kyle...it’s called the Jelly Bean Method. Place a jelly bean (or a candy of your choice) after each section you need to get through. After you finish that particular section, eat the jelly bean. This should keep you motivated and energized too!

4. Be conscious of where you study.

It is proven that when you study in the same type of environment where you will be tested, it actually improves your memory recall. So try to make your study environment as similar as you can to your testing environment.

5. Study with a friend.

No, this does not mean get together with a friend and hang out. Study together! Some people learn better when they 'teach' the material to another person. So teach a friend what you need to know! Who knows, you may even develop some friendly competition that will keep you motivated!

Well, I hope you’re all keeping calm in these last few weeks of school! Good luck studying!

Cheers,

Veronica

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