20 Quirky Study & Exam Hacks

Hack #1

The early bird catches the worm. It really does work! Getting up early means you are fresher so learn more, make the most of the day and, if you feel you’ve done enough, you can take the evening off.

Hack #2

Snack on ‘brain food’. Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries.

Hack #3

While studying speak out loud instead of simply reading. You will be surprised how much more you can remember when you’ve said it out loud.

Hack #4

Teach what you have learned. The best way to test if you really understand something is to try to teach it to someone else.

Hack #5

Use Google for research. Use certain operators in order to search Google like a pro e.g. by using quotation marks you search the exact term.

Hack #6

Make your study space portable. Information retention actually improves when you vary the places where you study. And what about studying outside?

Hack #7

Use scents or gum to jog your memory. This may seem a bit random but spraying an unfamiliar scent while you’re studying or chewing gum can help jog your memory when you do the same before the exam.

Hack #8

Draw diagrams. This creates a visual memory in your mind which can be recalled in an exam.

Hack #9

Drink plenty of water. Remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. A touch of lemon works wonders as the potassium found in raw lemon juice helps the brain and nerve cells, improves concentration, processing speed, memory and calms the mind.

Hack #10

Listen to the correct type of music. The correct types of music can lead to more productive studying by elevating your mood. There is evidence that Mozart improves mental performance – they call it the “Mozart Effect.”

Hack #11

Times New Roman is the fastest font to read. There’s a reason why it’s the default font on most applications! Use it when pulling together your notes.

Hack #12

Create flashcards. Quickly test your knowledge of key concepts, definitions, quotes and formulas with flashcards. Create your own!

Hack # 13

Meditate. Studies say that meditation can help students stay focused when studying It will help reduce pre-exam stress as well.

Hack #14

On exam day, have a balanced breakfast and eat nothing risky (probably not the best day to have a super-hot curry!). And bring bananas or sweets into the exam hall – this will stop your tummy rumbling mid exam!

Hack #15

Go for a walk before the exam.

Hack #16

If there are people around who are panicking, avoid them. They are not doing you any favours!

Hack #17

Go to the toilet before the exam starts. Exams can be quite long and there is no time to waste.

Hack #18

Remember to write your name on the exam paper. You would not believe how many people have forgotten to do it!

Hack #19

Don’t be afraid to ask the examiner if you are not clear on a question.

Hack # 20

Stay positive. It’s amazing how a positive attitude can impact on your exam results!

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