GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR STUDY sessions!
Studying can be the bane of a student’s existence. Even if it’s a class you enjoy, sitting down to prepare for a test on the material can be stressful and daunting.
Whether you’re Acing your tests or not, it’s always good to have a study routine that helps you memroize your material better. If you’d like to perform well on your next test, there are several ways you can prepare for your next exam. The Salter School offers study tips for students who wish to do their best on their next exams.
Tip #1: Start by eating a healthy breakfast
Begin your study (or exam day) on the right foot. Eat a healthy breakfast that provides energy for your brain. The best foods to include are whole grains, lean dairy, white meats, fruits and vegetables. The American Dietic Association suggested meal is two whole grain English muffins with lean cheese and lean turkey sausage. Eating healthy before you study will help your brain become more alert and revitalized, so you can focus on studying properly.
Tip #2: Change locations
Changing locations can be a great way to help you memorize your study material. Changing locations has been proven to help our brains form associations with our study material. Every time you’re in a new place studying, your brain will form stronger visual associations to the same material. Changing locations helps relocate your memory to certain timeframes and, therefore, can make you memorize your notes better.
Tip #3: Take 10 minute breaks
You don’t want to torture yourself with constant studying throughout the day. Take ten minute breaks in between 20-50 minute study intervals. The intake of too much new information could overload your mind. Taking break helps you reenergize and reassess your priorities after each session. Studies show that when you spend ten-minute breaks in between sessions doing small activities—making a meal, walking, or listening to music—can significantly increase your retention.
Tip #4: Study small sections
A study from Harvard shows that the learning technique, “spaced repetition”, helps students improve upon their memorization and cognitive abilities. Start by focusing on small sections of notes during one study session. During the next session, study another small section—a couple paragraphs or sentences—and also review the first section you studied. Choose a portion that works best for you. This technique also takes advantage of the ten-minute breaks in between 20-50 minute study sessions. Over a period of time, you could see your memory and of the content improve.
Tip #5: The “write” way
You may enjoy typing your notes in class. But when it comes to studying you should write out your notes. Writing helps the brain process and memorize information better. As you write down your notes, your memory could form associations with the images of the words. You could also recognize patterns in your class content as you go about writing and memorizing the information.
If you make an effort to plan ahead of your exam day and study each day, you could see an improved performance on your exams. These tips could help you feel more confident during your tests and you it can help you memorize the material for the rest of your professional career!
At the Salter School, we hope these study tips help you perform your best on your next exam or test. Even if you don’t get the grade you desire, you can still learn from your mistakes. It will also show professors that you are passionate about your studies. We wish you luck on you next exams.
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