Study Tips for Semester Exams

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Do you find yourself scrambling for answers days before your semester exams? Well look no further! Here’s the ultimate guide for studying and preparing for the upcoming exams.

  • Write in blue ink and highlighters. Make your notes colorful and neat, as if you were writing them for a friend.
  • Eat almonds and peppermints
  • Use the same perfume and gum when studying and taking the test
  • Get plenty of sleep (obviously)
  • Make your own Quizlet study sets if you don’t prefer index cards
  • Dress comfortably
  • Meditate
  • Eat breakfast (DON’T SKIP IT!)
  • Eat plenty of dark chocolate for dessert
  • Study alone, unless the group you’re studying in is super serious about studying
  • Smell plenty of scents, like lavender, eucalyptus, citrus, cinnamon, peppermint, and so on.
  • Study at least a week in advance so you don’t have to cram the night before the exam.
  • When listening to lectures, put on an instrumental Pandora station to listen to in the background
  • Classical music is a better alternative than rock or pop music to keep you awake. With music that has lyrics, it can easily distract you from gaining information. You’re trying to focus on the subject at hand, but the noises/words in the background can sometimes take over.
  • The first thing you must do when you get the test is write down all your formulas.
  • Did you know that you could use a program to block websites while you’re working for a set period of time? Yes, there is a website, called Cold Turkey. It’ll do all the blocking for you!
  • If there’s a subject you find boring and you don’t want to study for, then watch animated videos or documentaries on YouTube. This is great if you’re a visual learner.
  • If you’re dyslexic, there’s a certain font you can use to make reading easier (Dyslexia). If you’re not dyslexic, New Times Roman is the easiest/fastest font to read.
  • Use sticky notes to mark important chapters in textbooks and write important shortcuts.
  • Create a cheat sheet (but don’t use it during the test).
  • Soft and natural light is the best kind when it comes to studying and focusing. Lighting that’s too dim will affect your ability to see, causing you to strain your eyes and distract you. Lighting that’s too bright will distract you as well, causing you to get off task (with that type of lighting, you could see that remote control a mile away. That’s a big no-no!)
  • When studying, go into a calm and quiet place, such as your room or the library.
  • Teach your friends. If you’re trying to learn a subject, try explaining it to someone. This will help you make connections and learn your weak spots. Plus, you get to help a friend!
  • Take a thoughtful walk before you take the exam. Studies show that walking 20 minutes before an exam can improve overall performance.