Having an impending examination? These simple study tips can help you to remember information and score better in the exams.
1. Take A Walk Before The Exam
Working last minute and trying to cramp every bit and piece of information into your head before going into the exam hall may not be the best for you.
Dr Chuck Hillman of the University of Illinois found out through research that taking a brisk walk or having a 20 minute workout before an exam can lead to an improvement in memory and brain power.
2. Talk To Yourself
I’m not referring to conversing with any imaginery friends in your head, but the practice of simply verbalising whatever you’re trying to remember makes it 50% easier to retrieve when you’re doing your exam paper.
If you happen to be in a quiet library, you don’t have to talk aloud – just verbalise the information in your head.
3. Reward Yourself For Studying
We can all agree that there will be parts of a subject or chapter which we utterly dread revising – whether it’s convoluted calculus or archaic Roman politics.
Implementing a reward system can give us a motivational boost to press on and soldier through the dreaded material, because at least we have something to look forward to at the end of it.
4. Teach That Which You Have Learnt
Read through the chapter? Good. Understand the concepts and the provided examples? Great. Worked through your tutorial questions? Excellent. Now take the next step to teach someone else whatever you have learnt.
Teaching brings learning to a whole new level because it reinforces your present understanding and reveals any gaps in knowledge which you have. And you don’t necessarily have to teach your fellow classmates. How about your mum or younger cousin? Are you able to explain Newtonian mechanics in a way that they can understand?
5. Create Mental Associations
Generating connections and mental associations improves not only our memory, but fuels creativity and intelligence. Steve Jobs said
“Creativity is just creating things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.”
The use of mind maps is an excellent way to link your ideas and concepts together, and create a visual study guide at the same time.
6. Print Notes In Serif Fonts
A serif font is one which has a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter. Examples include Times New Roman, Georgia, Trebuchet and Garamond.
A study conducted by Wichita University found out that Times New Roman is the font that is the fastest to read. This means that printing your notes and material in that font will ensure efficient scanning and information gathering.
7. Move Away From Distractions
This may sound like an obvious no-brainer, but even the smallest distractions can significantly decrease our concentration and productivity. And every time one gets distracted, getting back into “the zone” or the study mode consumes precious time.
So find a place and time with minimal distractions and interruptions. You might want to put your phone and social media aside as well.
8. Sleep Well
Another no-brainer! But we all know that when the examination dates draw closer and the reality of material backlog looms, sleep is the first thing that gets sacrificed.
However, even from personal experience, having a good night’s rest helps your mind in consolidating all your studied information as well as refreshing you physically for your paper.
9. Listen To Classical Or Ambient Music
This type of music can improve your mood and your ability to engage with your study material. Additionally, listening to classical or ambient instrumentals is able to make you more relaxed before you hit the examination hall.
Several studies have revealed the benefits meditation has on students in their exam preparations. Moreover, meditating prior to an exam helps one to keep calm by reducing nerves and anxiety. In addition, it helps you concentrate and stay focused during your revision process.
All the best!