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     Ten Top Tips for Effective Studying

If you are going to take the time and effort to study for your tests and finals, you had might as well make the most of it and use your time wisely! Here are ten study tips to help you maximize your results:

  • The first study tip (#1) is to make sure that you get enough sleep not just the night before the test for but for several nights leading up to it. You need to have your brain well rested and ready for the testing day ahead of you. Part of this study tip involves eating a healthy breakfast with some protein and not being hungry during the test so that you are not distracted and all of your thinking is not channeled toward what your next meal is going to be.
  • Study tip number two (#2) is to make visual cues for your test, i.e. flashcards, pinning up maps, math problems, dates you need to memorize up in your room so that you see it consistently for a couple of days before your test which helps create a visual in your brain. Don’t think that flashcards or this type of learning is just for little kids. Big kids can benefit from this process as well. Have your sibling, friend or parent quiz you on the subject matter for a few days leading up to the test to guarantee that you will be able to retrieve that information more easily when you need to during the test.
  • Study tip number three (#3) is to organize yourself before you even get started. There are some subjects we like and those we dislike. Study for awhile on the subjects you don’t like first so that when you get tired of studying at least you are studying something you enjoy.
  • Tip number four (#4) is about noise. I personally work better with the radio on playing music. Others like it quiet. Whatever your personal preference is that helps you study more effectively is what you should do.
  • Tip number five (#5) is to close/turn off Facebook, cell phone, Twitter, etc. Spend a solid set amount of time just studying. You can schedule a break every 50 minutes or so to get a snack or look at your Facebook and answer your texts. Just make sure that when those 10 minutes or assigned time is up, it’s time to get back to work with everything off again!
  • Tip number six (#6) is to eat as ‘clean’ as you can all week. Our brains function much better with optimum nutrition and limited caffeine.
  • Tip number seven (#7) is regarding friends. Studying with others is great and usually very productive as you can help each other. But if you are more about goofing off and wasting time, reserve that person as a friend and NOT a study partner.
  • Tip number eight (#8) is to stagger your studying so that you are not always cramming the books the night before. An extra thirty minutes on a subject each night is better than 2 straight hours of trying to study all at once the night before the test.
  • Tip number nine (#9) is about willpower. Sometimes, you just have to sit down and get it done! Think of the Nike logo — Just Do It!
  • Tip number ten (#10) is to relax. If you have prepared properly for the upcoming test you should have no problem and the more you can relax the better will be your recall of the information.

 

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