10 study hacks to help you ace your final exams


10 study hacks to help you ace your final exams. The week is devoted to studying. Writing final exams is a time of sleepless nights, anxiety and...

The week is devoted to studying. Writing final exams is a time of sleepless nights, anxiety and generally poor health. However, it doesn't have to be so stressful. We have browsed through lists of study tips from college administrators, students to find the best and most unorthodox ways to sail through your final exams. Here's how to ace your finals:

Reward yourself with a treat:
Eat a big chocolate bar every time you finish a section. Replace candy with whatever your choice.
Cram effectively by reading upside down:
If you need to cram, read upside down and aloud. As in, turn the paper upside down, not yourself. It's slow, but it's time efficient. You'll focus more on what you're actually reading/saying. It is better than mindlessly staring at your books and repeating yourself quickly.
Use all of your senses while studying:
Engage as many senses as you can while studying - touch the paper if you're writing on it, smell peppermint (keeps you alert - but try to smell it right before your exam as well), say your notes out loud, write your notes in different colours - the more senses you can engage, the more likely it will stay with you.
Laugh now so that you don't cry later:
Crying when you laugh is due to built up tension and emotion hiding somewhere inside of you. Laughing releases that tension. With so much stress looming over getting a solid grade on your finals, it's important to take a laughing break. Try watching a funny sitcom or YouTube video.
Partner up with someone in your class:
Find a classmate to study with and agree to the following policy - when either of you don't understand a part of the notes, ask the other person. This will force you to verbally communicate what you're studying to someone else in a way that they will understand it. Have them repeat their understanding of it after you explain it to them and talk about it until you both have the idea down solid.
Wear a watch:
Even if you don't usually wear a watch, take one with you to the final. It's unlikely you will be able to look at your cell phone to check the time during the final.
Teach a class of stuffed animals:
Get a stuffed animal. Maybe get a few. A dozen or so. Then arrange them into an approximate class on your bed or in a study room (or classroom if you can) and teach them the subject you're learning. Teach a few classes to your stuffed menagerie and then (and this is the really important part) get some sleep.
Take advantage of whiteboards:
On days leading to exams, you should spend time writing notes on the black/white board. Literature? Scribble themes/ characters/whatsoever. Physics? Write down definitions and formula. Chemistry? Draw mechanisms. Works damn well every time.
Drink water and eat fruit:
Instead of energy drinks, drink plenty of water - and the occasional cup of coffee . While studying to help you stay hydrated and maintain a high level of cognitive function and energy. Eat plenty of fruits like blueberries and apples, which reduce the level of toxins in your bloodstream and improve memory function.
Create mental associations with the material:
Relate things you learn to what you know. If its not relatable, make things up. This is a powerful trick. It is really useful for vocab memorisation. For example you learned 'rojo' is Spanish for red. Draw a connection between them. They both start with R. They are both short words. Imagine something red labeled rojo in your mind.
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