Tis the season to start studying. All over the country, students in high school, college, and grad school are going into panic mode, wondering how theyll manage to remember an entire semesters worth of information before the big final. Luckily, weve got some advice to make those freak-outs a thing of the past. From talking out loud to taking gym breaks, here are 23 ways to (gasp) get psyched about studying and ace those exams.
Remember Your Stuff
- Study when sleepy. Bedtime stories are for wimps. Instead of reading The Berenstein Bears, try studying for a few minutes right before hitting the hay. During sleep, the brain strengthens new memories, so theres a good chance well remember whatever we review right before dozing off . (Just try not to bring work into the actual bed, since it can make it harder to get a good nights sleep.) And though bedtime is primo study time, it might also help to crack open the books after cracking open those eyes in the A.M. in the morning, the brain still has lots of room to absorb new information.
- Space it out. A relatively new learning technique called spaced repetition involves breaking up information into small chunks and reviewing them consistently over a long period of time. So dont try to memorize the entire periodic table in one sitting instead, learn a few rows every day and review each lesson before starting anything new.
- Tell a tale. Turning the details you need to remember into a crazy story helps make the information more meaningful. For example, remember the order of mathematic operations PEMDAS this way: Philip (P) wanted to eat (E) his friend Mary (M) but he died (D) from arsenic (AS) poisoning.
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