Testing times bring students head first, but as with everything, there are some techniques that make them more bearable. Here are some tips that we hope will be useful. Cheer up!
- Write by hand on paper:
Write on a piece of paper what you are trying to study to hold it more easily. Research on the subject states that writing produces feedback from the brain, resulting in a motor memory that makes it easier to remember long-term information. Typing or own voice recording does not have the same result. So, even if it takes more time, it’s the best thing you can do.
Although it may not seem so, the place where you study may also produce different effects in the studies. If you have been studying in your room, move to the kitchen table or scroll to the library. It can help you keep your mind clear as well as improve it.
- Test with meditation:
It is scientifically proven that meditation improves test scores: a recent study by the University of California, Santa Barbara specifically states that many college students improved their ability to take exams through meditation, while another study demonstrated That the students who meditated before a conference obtained better marks in the test that was realized after the said conference than the students who had not meditated. During the weeks prior to the test, you should try to sit quietly and concentrate, breathing slowly for 5 minutes a day, morning and evening, to improve concentration and clear the mind.
- Take a breather:
Studying more does not necessarily mean studying better: studies have shown that taking a break every 10 minutes to walk can help improve your concentration up to two hours later.
- Test yourself:
Having an examination of yourself can be an effective way to relieve the nerves that exist before an examination and review those knowledge that we have forgotten. Research shows that active study methods are more effective than other strategies (such as summarizing or underlining).
- Drink lots of water:
This is very important: if you have taken a lot of coffee or energy drinks, something that is often used during testing times, and have a dehydrating effect on our body, we should always have a bottle of water handy when we are studying. Dehydration (even mild) can impair cognitive function as well as mental performance.
- Do not suture’s:
Studying it all day before, it may seem like a sure way to acquire knowledge, that everything is clear to you, but in reality it is counterproductive: you will not only be exhausted when you get tested, but your brain will be tired and you will not It will be possible to remember everything perfectly, as if you were rested. There is no quick fix to pass the exams so our recommendation is to start preparing the exams one month early, at your own pace and in time to rest the night before the exam.
- Do a study group:
Studying in groups can be useful as long as you choose the right people and concentrate on the notes. Try to limit the group to a maximum of 3 or 4 members and make a list of things that you will study each time you stay.
- Divide and conquer:
Not all exams you do have the same difficulty, which is why you should not always study in the same way, nor dedicate the same time to all tests: you must evaluate the exam yourself according to the difficulty and the knowledge that you have, let them take more time some epigraphs or others.
- Listen to music to relax:
Listening to classical music can help the mind to stay focused. Research has shown that workers who listen to music perform their tasks more efficiently than those who do not, so why not do the same with our studies?