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18 May 2024

The Best Student Study Hacks

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Exams can be an extremely stressful time for students, whether they’re in school, college, or university. When it comes to preparing for exams, the weeks in the run-up are key to ensure you get a good night’s rest as regularly as possible while taking part in those all-important study sessions.

What you do in those final few weeks before exam season will determine how well you perform once you sit down in that chair and open the first page of the exam.

We know that studying doesn’t come as naturally to some as it does to others, which is why we’ve decided to run through some study hacks to make your preparation a bit easier.

Useful Study Hacks for Students in Exam Season

When it comes to study hacks, there is no one-size-fits-all approach that reaps benefits for everybody. Something that works for one person won’t necessarily work for others, so it’s all about finding out which study tip works best for you.

After plenty of research and trial and error, we’ve concluded that the below study hacks are the most successful and can (hopefully) help you succeed when it comes to sitting down and starting that big, scary exam!

Good night’s rest

It’s incredibly important that you get a good night’s sleep every night, especially in the run-up to exam season. You simply won’t excel in your exams if you’re tired and you’ll regret your decision to stay up late.

Ensure you get at least eight hours of sleep each night and be consistent –  don’t think you’re good to go because you had nine hours three days ago. Avoid a late-night study session and try to reduce the amount of screens you’re looking at before bed. Create a relaxing, wind-down routine before bed each night – you’ll feel the benefits in the morning!

Plus, when you look around the exam hall and see others yawning throughout, you’ll be alert and understand the task at hand.

Study early

Another key study hack to ensuring you’re ready for exam season is not to leave it late. If you try to cram in your studying at the last minute, you won’t be able to take in as much information as you need, leading to your struggling during your test.

You’ll know with plenty of time when your exams will be, so plan adequately to start smaller study sessions a few weeks out. As you draw closer to your exams, you can then ramp up the number of study periods to ensure you’re fully prepared.

Eat healthy

Just like good sleep, you must fuel your body with good food – especially in exam season. It can be tempting to throw some chicken nuggets or a frozen pizza in the oven while studying, but this will not fuel your body the way you need it to.

Power your brain and improve both your concentration and energy levels by consuming fresh fruit, leafy vegetables, and oily fish. Preparing a dish with some of these ingredients can take longer than cooking frozen packaged food, but you’ll feel the benefit.

Ensure you stay the course in a long exam by fueling your body properly.

Improve focus levels

When sitting down to study, it can be difficult to focus fully, especially on tricky subjects. There are a few things you can do to improve your focus, including: 

  • Listening to a podcast episode or some chilled-out music.
  • Focus on one subject at a time. If you have a few classes and feel a little overwhelmed, try to put everything but one class aside at one time – put all of your attention into one topic and stay with it. If you start mixing in other subjects, you’ll only confuse yourself.
  • Set time limits for each subject and task. Give yourself a short burst of 25 minutes of studying then a five-minute break, and repeat the process. You’ll find your productivity will increase massively – so long as you stick to the timers.
  • Write down a list of tasks you need to complete. By following this list, you’ll get a great sense of achievement every time you tick something off as you move down the list. Properly structuring your study session in this way will help to improve your focus and allow you to have some personal time once it’s finished, rather than procrastinating and letting it run on for hours.
  • Switch up your surroundings. If you’ve spent hours at your bedroom desk, you can lose focus and productivity. Think about heading up to the university library or even a quiet coffee shop in the area. This change of scenery could do great things for your studies.

Schedule a break

When studying, you must set time aside to rest. However, you schedule your studying – if it’s done in 30-minute increments or an hour – you should always schedule a break.

These breaks are important to let your mind rest for a few minutes and recharge your batteries before you jump straight back into the next subject.

If you don’t take breaks, you will burn out. You do not want that to happen in the run-up to, or during, exam season. You need to be as fresh as possible when you sit down to take a test so give yourself a break!

Notes, notes, and more notes

Writing down notes is very old-school, but it’s still one of the most effective ways of remembering what you’re reading. If you sit down and read a textbook from cover to cover, you’re unlikely to remember even half as much compared to writing notes down throughout.

When you take the time to write a note of a snippet from a book, not only are you consuming it once by reading it, but by writing it and re-reading to ensure you’re writing the exact sentence, you’re actually consuming it at least three times – effectively tripling your studying productivity.

Plus, if you write down plenty of notes, you’ve given yourself plenty of studying material to quickly run through before an exam. Treat your notes as a cheat sheet of sorts (that you won’t take to the exam with you) to easily scan some quick lines to refresh your memory.

Study in Comfort at Orlando Village

If you’ve recently been accepted to the University of Bolton and you need somewhere to live, there is no better choice than Orlando Village. We have a wide variety of choices in terms of rooms, both in size and style, so you can find the most ideal studying spot for you.

Study in peace and comfort at Orlando Village, where you can live during your studies on a safe, quiet, friendly campus.

If you’d like more information or would like to book a viewing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

By the McComb Bloggers

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