By: Skylar Doege
Picture this. It’s the week of finals and you’re trying to study as fast as you can and as much as you can. You read through every chapter and try to absorb all the information at once. You keep stressing, almost pulling your hair out, and thinking you’ll never be able to pass. With a few cramming tips, you’ll be able to study efficiently and not have as much hair loss.
1. Flash Cards
Do a light run-through. Use flashcards and go through the key topics.
Examtime.com highly suggests using flash cards. When using flashcards, your brain is given a clue on the front side and they attempt to actively recall information on the back. Each time someone practices this process, it means that they are forcing their brain to remember a concept. Don’t try to practice cards for the whole chapter; just make sure to hit the main points.
2. Study Out of Order
Most people study by reading their notes over and over again. Believe it or not, it really isn’t a helpful way of studying. You’re brain doesn’t work in perfect order all the time, and neither should you. Randomly mix up your flash cards or notes in no order what so ever. This helps your brain remember the information on its own, instead of simply as a part in a series.
3. Figure out the Big Points
The odds are you’re not going to be able to remember every single word and detail out of your chemistry or history book. That’s okay. Instead, spend your time focusing on the main ideas and concepts. Pick out 5-10 things you’ve talked about and need to know the most for the test. You’ll learn more and be able to answer more questions.
Focus on the big stuff first, and then move on only if there’s time.
4. Study with a Friend
Find someone else to study with. You’ll realize by asking and answering questions, you’ll soon figure what you need to study. Quiz one another. Ask questions about what you don’t understand, and figure out together what you need to be thinking about.
Two (or twelve) brains are always better than one, and studying is no exception.
Sleeping is one of the most important things you can do before taking a test. Studies have shown that we will remember much more after six hours of sleep, but we also perform terrible on pressurized situations without much sleep. Any sleep that you can get at all is a crucial part of succeeding on a test. The more sleep the better.
Ideally, you should be studying all along, eating well, exercising constantly, and getting lots of sleep. However, we aren’t perfect human beings and can’t always study the way we should.
So if you are going to cram for exams, do it the correct way, and good luck!