Use these tips from Student Organizer to help you study and feed your brain.
- Turn off distractions. This includes cell phones, TV and any devices. Put your cellphone on airplane mode.
- Put on the right music. Classical music, nature sounds and instrumental music will help you focus and create stronger pathways in the brain.
- Sit at a desk or table with good lighting.
- Write it down. Writing it down and repeating it in your head forces the information into your long term memory.
- Break it down! Break what you need to study into smaller parts and study them one at a time.
- Study out loud! Hearing things rather than just reading them will help you remember.
- Start early and plan your study time in advance. Use a calendar to plan your study periods and the material that you want to cover.
- Make flashcards. Use index cards to create summaries from your notes.
- Use old exams to study from. Practice is the best way to master concepts and old exams will give you a very good idea of what will be on this year’s exam.
- Use the 80/20 rule. Identify the 20% of concepts you need to learn deeply to determine 80% of your grade. Concentrate on learning these first and learning them well.
- Study in short bursts. You will retain more information.
- Take breaks. Every half hour, move around, get a snack or have a conversation to regroup.
- Get active. Take a walk and listen to a recorded lecture or jump on the treadmill to study your notes.
- Arrange group study sessions. Find a group of people that share the same classes with you and study together.
- Get enough sleep. 8-9 hours of sleep per night so that your body can create new connections while you sleep.
Brain Boosting Snacks
Eating healthy snacks while preparing for a test can boost you energy and increase your ability to retain information. Try some of these and eat the same thing during the test for cognitive recall.
- Dark chocolate
- Whole grain bread
- Green tea will boost energy and decrease anxiety.