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Foolproof Tips to Effectively Cram for Any Exam

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So somewhere during the semester you made some bad decisions. You procrastinated. Maybe you didn’t go to class enough. Or you partied too much. Whatever the reason, it’s almost time for an exam and you’re not ready. I’ve been there way too often in my 3 years of college. These are my foolproof cramming study tips to effectively help you pass every exam.

If you are not to the point where you have to cram then you should definitely check out my ultimate list of study tips and my list of library essentials for a long study session!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Cramming Study Tips

Effectively Cram and Pass Every Exam

1. Gather All of your Materials

Before you start studying you need to gather all of your relevant materials. Books, notes, lecture slides, past exams, tests, and quizzes, past assignments, online materials, and anything else with useful information.

Also grab yourself a pencil or pen, highlighters, extra paper, and flashcards if you use them.

If you use flashcards, I highly recommend looking into Quizlet for future semesters!

2. Find your Study Area

Now that you have all of your materials, determine where you are going to study at. Make sure the area if clean and free of any distractions. You don’t have time for anything else right now.

3. No unnecessary Electronics

If possible don’t use any electronics. They are a HUGE way to distract yourself and end up procrastinating. Again you don’t have time for that!

If you have to use your laptop try downloading the materials so you can shut your wi-fi off. If that isn’t an option then you can download a temporary site blocker. This way when you try to go on Facebook or email, you’ll be reminded that you DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT!

Also just put your phone somewhere far away from you. Turn it on silent. And don’t pick it up unless you absolutely need to.

4. Take Breaks

This is often overlooked because you have limited time and need to utilize every second of it. WRONG. You need to give your brain a break once in a while. Study for 30 minutes, take a 5 minute break or study for an hour and take a 10 minute break.

Your breaks should be short but frequent. This allows your brain to be able to better retain information.

5. Eat Healthy & Stay Hydrated

You should always do this, but it is especially important before a big exam. Plus it is also easily overlooked when you are cramming. Have salty and sweet snacks readily available to you and drink a lot of water. Eat a good meal the day of your exam as well. Your body needs to be well nourished in order for your brain to work hard.

6. SLEEP

Not sleeping in college is like a trend and every one feels the need to pull all nighters. Don’t do that. Get your sleep!

You will have such better memory if you sleep after you study. You probably don’t have time to get your full 8 hours, but I would shoot for at least 6.

Your body and your brain need their sleep and I promise it will help improve your memory and grade!

7. List of Importance

Before you start studying you should make a list of important terms, concepts, ideas, and key points. You need to know and understand all of the main points taught over the semester. After you get these down then move on to more detailed information.

Learning the main points first will ensure you time to get through them all. I can’t stress how important this is!

8. Make more Notes

After you know your main points, use that list to go more in-depth. Take notes on the things that are harder for you to understand completely. Make sure to visit these things again and focus on these over the simpler things.

9. Teach

They say that the best way to learn something is by teaching it to others. So make a friend or family member sit down while you teach them. Or since you’re short on time, just teach it to an imaginary person.

The point is to try to say it out loud and explain it in a way that someone would understand. This has been extremely helpful for me and is easily the BEST of my cramming study tips.

10. Relax and Dominate your Exam

The last of my cramming study tips is easier said than done, but is so important. At this point there is not any time left to prepare. Instead of worrying because you didn’t study enough, just relax.

You aren’t going to change how much you studied or didn’t study. The only thing you can do now is relax and take the exam the best you can.

Good Luck!

 

I’d love to hear what your foolproof cramming study tips are! Because let’s face it,¬†we all need the extra help.

 

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