It’s the most wonderful time of the year… unless you’re in high school or college and you’re preparing for exams and you have the urge to jump under your covers and hide there until after the holidays.
December is a magical month for everything except school. If you’re in high school, it’s time for midterms. If you’re in college, your semester is ending and it’s time to take finals, the worst thing about college. It’s like teachers love to get you as stressed out as possible before you can fully enjoy your holiday.
If you slacked off all semester – or even if you didn’t and you’re just stressed about getting good grades anyway – you’re probably freaking out right about now. Midterms and finals are right around the corner and, um, what did you learn these last few months?! Where did the time go?! How are you going to pass these things??? Relax. Calm down. I’m here to help. Check out these 10 super useful study hacks that will help you pass your midterms or finals. You’re welcome.
Chew Gum While StudyingWhile you're studying something, chew gum the whole time. Then, when you're taking the exam on that subject, chew the same exact gum you were chewing when studying. The familiarity of the gum can help you remember the stuff you were studying. It also works if you spray a certain scent on you while studying and spray it again while taking the exam. Source: ShutterStock
Take Advantage Of The InternetThe Internet can be a very magical place, especially when it comes to school. I am not encouraging anyone to cheat, but you should definitely use the tip on the left to find exams that will help study. Research has shown that using practice exams as a study method can help students do better on tests. Source: Pinterest
Make A Strict ScheduleBefore you start cracking down on studying, make yourself a strict of schedule of when you're going to study which subject and for how long. If you just sit down with all of your textbooks and notes at once, you're going to immediately feel overwhelmed and stressed. If you make a schedule, things will be more organized. This always works for me - every day when I come into work, I make a mini schedule of exactly what I have to do that day. I always accomplish more when I do this, no question. Make sure you also schedule in breaks, because you need them in order to retain information. Source: ShutterStock
Download Some AppsThere are tons and tons of apps out there, so why not take advantage of them as much as you can? We have already shown you guys a bunch of great study apps. Go through the list and pick which is best for you. This is great because it allows you to study anywhere, as long as you have your phone.
Use YouTube To Your AdvantageLet me remind you once more that the Internet is a magical place. On YouTube, you can find a video for almost anything, even ones that explain textbook chapters, videos of professors giving lectures or even just people explaining certain things. If you're having trouble understanding something, search it on YouTube. Channels like Crash Course may be especially helpful.
Search Study ForumsOnce again, use the Internet to your advantage! If you need help and don't have a friend to call, find a study forum, which can contain loads of information. Sites like The Student Room can be really helpful. Just be careful here - there is so much information, it's easy to get sucked in. Don't spend too much time online looking for stuff and if you are going to use the computer, download an app that blocks social media sites so you're not tempted to get distracted. Source: ShutterStock
Write Everything DownI know this is time-consuming and annoying, but seriously - write down EVERYTHING. And yes, I mean actually write with a pen and paper, not type on the Internet. It's been proven that writing helps you remember better. I used to write everything down when I studied and it honestly did help. Did my hand hurt? Yes. Did it take a while? Yes. But it also forced me to focus and helped me retain information, so it was worth it. Source: ShutterStock
Talk Out Loud While StudyingStudies have also shown that saying things out loud while studying can help you remember information better. I used to do this too - when reading a chapter, I would read it out loud rather than in my head. Sit in your room and talk into your mirror or to your cat - I don't know. Just do it. Source: ShutterStock
Get Some Sleep!Seriously, GO TO SLEEP. Do not pull an all-nighter and stay up forever studying and reading things. It's not going to help you. It's going to make it more difficult to remember things and also, cramming doesn't work. Study as much as you can and then go to sleep. Source; ShutterStock
Beg For Extra CreditIf all else fails and you really think you don't have a chance at getting a good grade on your test, beg your teacher or professor for extra credit. If you seem very sincere about it, most teachers will work with you to give you some work that will help you get a slightly better grade. If they refuse to give you extra credit, then ask for extra help after class. I'm pretty sure teachers have to do this. Source: ShutterStock
Do you have midterms or finals coming up? Are you stressed out? Which of these tips will you try? Which tips did I forget? Tell me in the comments.