Finals week is upon us! After that, we can finally enjoy the holidays and relax.
By Jessica Woo
Here are 7 studying tips to make that homestretch a little less painful.
1. Turn off unnecessary electronic devices
Keep them out of sight and out of mind—especially your phone. Electronics impair your focus and are highly distracting.
2. Make a list
Plan out what you need to study and when you’re going to do it. Milestones reduce stress by making the process seem much more surmountable.
3. Study out loud
Information sticks better if you recite it out loud. Talking engages the motor and auditory muscles that hear the words. Both have strong reinforcing effects on information retention.
4. Think concepts
Memory is triggered based on associations. Instead of just memorizing information, think about how these ideas are relevant to daily life. The more associations you make, the easier it’ll be retrieved.
5. Take breaks
Studies show that after 30 minutes of studying, most people can no longer process information at optimal effectiveness. It’s important to take breaks (and do something fun!) to refresh yourself and regain that deep focus.
Sleeping not only rests your body, but is also when most memory consolidation occurs. This process transfers information you learn during the day into long-term memory.
Just as important as studying is being able to focus during test taking. Anxiety can lead to careless errors.
Take a few deep breaths—you got this.
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