If there is one thing high school students know before entering college for the first time, it’s that they are going to have to study.
A recent study at the University of California has discovered that the average student studied 24 hours per week back in 1961 while now-a-days the number has dropped to only 14 hours per week.
While the study habits of college freshman may vary from excellent to poor depending on the student, there are certain tricks to retaining important exam information. Whether you are a seasoned student or this semester is your first, you can always find new ways to remember your stuff.
Here are 7 tips . . . .
Take a whiff. Why not try a few sniffs of calming essential oils like lavender, sandalwood or German chamomile right before a test? Aromatherapy could be a delightful way to sooth pre-exam jitters and quiet your mind.
Spaced repetition. This new learning method suggests “breaking up information into small chunks and reviewing them consistently over a long period of time.” So if you notice that you have a physiology final a few weeks out, start reviewing now by learning so many physiology terms per day right up until your final. Instead of cramming and pulling an all-nighter, you stand a better chance of remembering the material without having to be stressed out about it and losing sleep.
Head to the nearest coffee shop. That’s right—drink some caffeine whether it’s a cup of coffee or tea before you head to the library. While you don’t want to consume caffeine too late in the day because you don’t want it to interfere with your sleep, having a little may boost mental alertness.
Start writing. If you write down important test-related information, you may remember it better than if you type it. Maybe Sr. Mary Margaret was write right after all and penmanship does matter. Anyway, don’t worry. You can print, too, if your handwriting is not up to 3rd grade standards (like many of ours).
Make up a story. No, not the kind about why you had to turn in your English 101 paper late but more like this way. Say you have to remember PEMDAS (the order of mathematic operations): Peter (P) eats (E) many (M) doughnuts (D) and (A) salads (S). The crazier the better!
Eat some Omegas. Omegas are fatty acids that are great for boosting your brain power. Eat some before an important study session or exam. They can be found in foods like salmon, walnuts, eggs, pumpkin seeds, green leafy veggies like spinach, hummus, and tofu.
You’ve got to move it, move it. If you study in a new location, you may better remember those anthropology terms. If you are a creature of habit and always head to the library before finals, try out a different study spot like a shady patio or coffee shop. If you mix up your study locales, you could be closer to acing that test!
Whether you an online student and freaking out about your upcoming IT exam or you are a traditional student who is getting anxious about finals week, take a deep breath and incorporate some of these tips into your pre-exam rituals. What do you have to lose? Some stress and anxiety?
Let us know what tips best worked for you in the comment section below!