Staying up all night to study before a major test or exam isn’t a good idea. A brain can only handle so much information before it goes into overdrive.
Consider these tips from Georgian’s student advisors instead:
- Review your notes after each class and anticipate study questions.
- Schedule in regular study time each week.
- Find a time of day that’s best for you. Are you a night owl or early riser?
- Take regular breaks during study periods (about 10 to 15 minutes each hour).
- Study in a space that’s comfortable –but not so comfortable you fall asleep!
- Eliminate distractions, like your phone or Netflix.
- Organize a virtual study group or find a study buddy.
- Start with the information and concepts you know the least.
- Speak out loud rather than just reading.
- Teach someone else what you’ve learned.
- Use cue cards, sticky notes, mind maps and charts as study tools.
- Use colour to organize and categorize study material.
- Trick your brain into remembering more detail by attaching new information to stuff you already know.
- Quiz yourself.
- Snack on nutritious brain food; avoid junk.
- Meditate and/or exercise. It will help reduce stress and keep your mind focused.
- Get proper sleep.
- Visualize your success.
You can also read these test-taking tips from the Georgian library.
We’re here to help
Your student advisor can help you build both academic and personal resilience. To book an appointment, please log in to the student portal. On the home page in the top left corner, you’ll see the name of your advisor and the times he/she is available to meet. Alternatively, you can email us and your advisor will get back to you as soon as possible.
Be sure to check out all services available to you by visiting the student services tab on the student portal.
This article was originally published in October 2018. It was updated and re-shared in November 2020.