Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Study Tips

With exam season right around the corner for those still in high school and college I thought I would share a few study tips. Admittedly, when I was in college I never was the great studier, but I was always on the president’s or provost list at the end of each semester. Honestly in college {or at least the college I went to} as long as you go to class, take notes, and understand the material you will be in good shape at the end of the semester, so no need to stress out too much though. High school exams, for me, were a different story, I can honestly say that my ninth grade biology class is one of the hardest classes I took during my academic career. Always remember, just because you aren’t on the honor roll in high school or didn’t have a great first semester in college doesn’t you a bad student – everyone learns through trial and error and it is never too late to turn things around with a little extra hard work. Speaking from honest experience studying, like everything else, gets easier with each passing year because you learn what works and what doesn’t. Below are a few study tips that I feel is pretty versatile and can be applicable for most.
1.             Switch up study spaces – personally I was never one who could sit in a complete silent, I always had to have back ground noise and be able to move around a little. Recently research has shown that memory is “colored” by location, so mixing up study locations increases the likelihood of remember what you learned/studied
2.            Come up with a game plan – Plan out a study schedule and come up with a strategy that you feel with best work for you {make to-do lists, write everything that needs to be done on a calendar, etc.}
3.            Study in sections – “Cramming” the night before a test {although sometimes necessary} is never a good strategy. Allow a few days or a week if possible to study for an exam.
4.            Take breaks – Study for 30 mins-1 hr increments and reward yourself with a 5-10 min study break
5.            Drink Cocoa – This is perhaps my favorite study tip! According to The Huffington Post cocoa is packed with mood and cognitive enhancers as well as antioxidants.
6.            Cardio – Doing some sort a cardio for 20 mins a day can improve memory
7.             Sleep & Eat – When I am hungry or tired I can truly tell a difference in my thought process and how long I take to react to something. Be sure to eat and get a reasonable amount of sleep {8-10 hours} night before the exam.
8.            Form a study group – Go over old tests, ask questions, quiz each other, etc.
9.            Drink water – drinking water helps the brain and entire body function better
10.         Dress – It is a proven fact that when one is dressed nice they perform better. So on the day of an exam don’t go in to take it wearing your pajamas, put some lipstick on, cute shorts, Lilly dress, or whatever you feel confident wearing, and knock that exam out of the park.

26 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed my blog!

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  2. Great tips!
    Kisses
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  3. Great tips,I will definitely try them:))

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  4. these are great tips, Lauren! Perfect timing with finals coming up :)

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    1. Thanks Vett! Hope the week is treating you well!

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  5. Great tips! I will have to try these in June!
    laurenroseprep.blogspot.com

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    1. Hope these tips are of use to you!

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  6. I agree absolutely and I will show your tips to our children :)

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  7. thanks for these amazing tips dear!



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  8. Such great tips! Also super glad I'm not in college anymore, haha :)

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    Kelly
    kellyinthecity.com

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    1. Haha me too, I don't miss exams at all!

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  9. Great tips! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. Happy to hear you found these tips useful!

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    1. Studying in sections definitely helps!

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  11. These are great tips! I'll be sure to share them with my husband since he's studying for his board exams!

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    1. I hope these tips help him out! Good luck to him on his boards!

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  12. I'm currently on exams, and I don't know what it is about 3rd year uni, but I have absolutely no motivation. The fact that I strongly dislike the school I go to, and find it immeasurably stressful, probably isn't encouraging me to study. Hopefully your tips will help me get through the next two weeks!

    -Katherine
    http://scallopedandbows.blogspot.ca

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    1. I hope that these tips help and that you end the academic year on a good note!

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  13. These are really great tips! I'll be sure to come back to this when I'm studying for my AP exams and finals next month.

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    1. I can't believe it is almost May! I hope these tips help you study for your exams :)

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