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Midterms Approaching? 12 Study Tips To Help You Ace Your Exams

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Midterms are fast approaching and as many of us are gearing up for exams, it’s important to remember that there are ways to study better and smarter so that you are fully prepared and don’t crash from working harder and longer hours. Try using these study tips to boost your memory and concentration while being kind to yourself during this time.

Take five minute breaks every half hour of studying to increase productivity.

These breaks can be extended for ten minutes every hour as well, and these quick times off will increase your ability to get work done at your best. Check in with friends, make some tea or coffee, meditate, and give yourself a well-deserved rest. I recommend setting alarms for every thirty minutes on and five minutes off so that you know when it’s time to go back to work.

Highlight important information, and physically take notes.

By writing things down and highlighting, studies have shown that you gain a better understanding and comprehension of the material. Furthermore, explaining a topic to someone (a friend, family member, dog, plant…) helps you better understand it and reinforces the information so you remember it.

Chew gum.

If you chew gum while studying, it’s proven to help with memory and focus to keep your attention on the tasks at hand. Peppermint gum appears to be the most effective.

Create a (virtual) study group.

Make flashcards and quiz each other, even if it’s over Zoom. Working with a friend will help hold you accountable for studying and is a fun way to prepare.

Snack on foods that increase productivity and brain function.

Foods like dark chocolate, blueberries, and nuts will improve your focus and keep your energy levels up. Swap out coffee and caffeinated beverages for options such as matcha green tea, yerba mate and kombucha (if you need an extra boost of energy, as they still contain some caffeine), or juice and water.

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Have a set space that you can work in.

For some, that may be the desk in your room or your local coffee shop. Wherever you prefer to work, keep a clean space that you can designate as your workspace and focus in, free from distractions. Listen to music or keep your phone on silent/do not disturb or out of reach if you can.

Listen to your Zoom lectures.

Many professors record their lectures and upload them for students to go back and watch. If you think you may have missed something or don’t fully understand, re-watching can be helpful.

Make flashcards.

Use sites like Quizlet to create flashcards and test your knowledge, no study buddy required.

Get enough sleep.

You’ll be awake and ready to take on the day, and you’ll have the energy to stay fully focused on your exams.

If your classes are online, consider investing in a pair of blue light glasses.

They’ll protect your eyes from staring at your monitor all day and prevent them from tiring out.

Reach out.

If you’re having a hard time understanding a concept, reach out to your professor! They’re there to help you understand the material, and most keep office hours or can make appointments with students to discuss.

Study any old material you have from the class.

Old class notes, homework assignments, quizzes, and projects can help you review and understand the material.

Hear it from someone who knows what you’re going through.

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Author: Sierra Warshawsky

Cece is a college student pursuing a degree in social media management, public relations, marketing, and branding. She hopes to one day work in the entertainment industry in the field and she enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, cooking, and listening to true crime podcasts.