10 Study Hacks That Will Help You Ace Your Final Exams Reply

Every student knocks just how much the stress piles on when it comes up to exam times. The classic method of coping is drinking mountains of energy drinks and staying up for hours on end, but what if there were some more productive, and healthy, hacks that can help you ace your exams?

These 10 study hacks might just be perfect for you.

1. Reward Yourself

Rewarding yourself is a really important trick when you’re studying. When you know you are going to reward yourself, you give yourself something to work towards. So when you’re drawing up a plan for when you are going to study and when you are going to take a break, include some delicious treats, a YouTube or social media break, or some other kind of reward to look forward to.

  1. Using Online Study Tools and Apps

Thanks to the Internet, there are so many tools we can use to improve our studying. There are some amazing tools, including Memorize, Quizlet, and StudyGS.

If you need help referring your work, Cite It In can help, and both Marina Timer and Oxessays connects you with other students, as well as millions of learning resources.

  1. Drink Lots of Water

It’s tempting to drink sugary sodas and energy drinks to keep you going, but these only serve to damage your study performance. When you drink lots of sugary drinks, it’s only a matter of time before you begin to crash.

When you crash, you become lethargic and tired. This is the worst thing that could possibly happen when you’re studying – so instead, be sure to drink lots of water. This keeps you hydrated and healthy, and doesn’t make you tired!

  1. Take Regular Breaks

Regular breaks are important. You don’t need to be taking hour-long breaks all the time, but a few breaks that are ten minutes long will be sufficient. These allow you to rest your brain for a minute, and they give you a fresh perspective on areas of study you might be stuck on.

  1. Write Your Study Notes

Writing down your study notes, instead of typing them, leaves a more significant impression in your memory. Numerous studies have shown that simply typing your notes doesn’t aid your memory, whereas taking the time to write down all your notes leaves a longer-lasting impression. So, get yourself a comfortable pen!

There are writing tools that offer assistance with your writing and editing skills, like Academized or Big Assignments. Besides, Paper Fellows provides advice from a wider writing community.

  1. Use Different Colors

When you are writing your notes, be sure to use different colors. By visually separating different notes using different colors, you can remember important points more easily when it comes to exam time.

  1. Don’t Wake Up Too Early

Waking up extremely early to study before your exam can only work if you have gone to bed early the night before. If you go to bed late and wake up early, you will be disrupting REM sleep, which has a huge influence on your memory. So if you intend to wake up early and study before your exam, it’s important you get to bed nice and early the day before.

  1. Read Out Loud

Writing down your notes can help you remember statistics and information, and so can reading out loud. When you read out words as you read them, you are more likely to remember them, according to multiple studies. Reading aloud also gives you a chance to comprehend parts that you previously struggled to understand.

  1. Turn Off Your Phone

Turn off your phone and social media, and put them in a drawer. Even seeing your phone or tablet in the corner of your eye gives you thoughts of being distracted. Merely thinking about checking Facebook can be as distracting as checking Facebook.

  1. Watch Videos

If you do need to use YouTube, be sure to watch videos that relate to your exam topic. Watching videos can be a really great way of improving your study experience, taking you away from the tedious task of reading and giving you a chance to learn in different ways.


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Designing a Study Space to Increase Productivity Reply

You’ve made a pact with yourself—this is the semester you’ll finally nail that 4.0. But it will take a lot more than just hitting the books to get there. In fact, our environment, quality of sleep, and mental state can play a huge part in our overall productivity. Our brains are wired to respond to external stimuli, so if you really want to succeed in your classes, it helps to pay attention to the design of your study area as well. Here are a few tips you can use to give your area a productivity makeover.

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Clean Up Your Room

Now that you’re out on your own, it can be easy to forget about picking up. And with five classes, a research project, and making time for socializing, you hardly have time for eating, let alone chores.

Unfortunately, you’re not doing yourself any favors if you’re not keeping your dorm room or apartment clean. Researchers at Princeton University found that cluttered spaces adversely affect productivity; too much visual stimuli makes it harder to focus on the task at hand. The external sensory elements compete for your attention at a subconscious level, so even if you can’t feel it, that essay is probably taking longer than it should. It’s like your roommate’s holding band practice right next to your laptop.

Just picking up regularly will help, of course. But you should also concentrate on clearing clutter from your desk, dresser, and bedside table surfaces, too. It’s all too easy to cover these spots with wallets, toiletries, books, and other items—but this stuff counts as clutter to your mind, too.

Change Your Lighting

Experts say that Americans don’t really have the best ideas when it comes to lighting. Specifically, we tend to flood our interiors—and especially our workspaces—with a little bit too much light. Very bright spaces can cause what’s known as “disability glare”—which actually makes it harder to see the textbook in front of you. While you probably don’t have much control on your dorm or apartment’s overhead lighting, you’ll generally find your concentration improved if you switch off the big fluorescent lights and rely instead on a variety of eye-level lamps.

Another thing to consider? The color of the light has a huge impact, too. Bulbs typically range from cooler colors—blues and whites—to warmer yellowish, orange, and reddish hues. While studies show that cooler lights tend to energize, if you sleep near your study area, you should be wary about installing these bulbs. Cool-colored light can affect your circadian rhythms, particularly if you do most of your studying in the late afternoon or evening. And if your internal clock gets off schedule, the quality of your sleep will plummet, making it much harder to concentrate.

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Transform Your Desk into the Perfect Workspace

First thing’s first: if you’re reading this from bed, don’t! Using your mattress for studying, surfing the web, or anything other than sleeping can really wreck your night’s rest. A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research found that participants who used cell phones and computers in bed got much less sleep than those who didn’t. That’s because your brain forms a subconscious association with this spot as a place for waking activities.

So, if you want to be more productive and get better rest, it’s a good idea to get to know your desk. To make working there more amenable, clear off everything except the items you regularly use, like a pen and a pad of paper. If you can, try to divide your workspace into two different “zones”—one for taking notes by hand, and one for using your laptop. And make sure you have a trashcan at the ready so that you can keep clutter in check once and for all. Your education is too precious to let a little disorganization stand in your way!


Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner.  She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.


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