Helpful Study Tips and Tricks to Help You On Your Future Tests and Finals
Study When You’re Sleepy
Although it sounds a bit counterintuitive, your brain reinforces new memories when you’re asleep. By studying right before you go to bed, the odds of remembering what you read before bed drastically increases. But that doesn’t mean procrastinating until the night before is beneficial!
Take a Cold Shower
When you have no desire to be productive, or come to a place in your studying that feels monotonous and boring, try taking a cold shower. Studies show that just taking a cold shower can increase positivity, productivity, and an increase in engagement.
Highlighter Happy is Not Helpful
Underlining and highlighting have been found to be ineffective. It also could harm your comprehension of the material by only emphasizing individual facts or statements, and your brain could have trouble making connections between concepts.
Sushi as a Study Snack
Sushi has an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids are commonly called “brain food” because they can improve and aid in memory retention.
Go Bananas Before Testing
Before you go into a test, and you’re looking for a pretest snack, try a banana! Bananas have many vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and magnesium. They also contain natural sugars to keep you energized during your test. Other than being a healthy snack, bananas also don’t contain a lot of water, so you won’t need to pause your studying to take a bathroom break.
Don’t Just Study, Perform
While your studying, read your notes and study guides out loud in a strange accent such as English, Australian, or Southern. You will likely look and feel dumb while doing this, and your family members and friends might judge you, but the amount of effort and attention to keeping your accent will increase your probability in remembering your material.
Try going over your studying material by teaching it to a friend or family member. By teaching others, you put all of the information you learned into your own words.