Top 10 Studying Tips For Exams

Top 10 studying tips for exams

Exams are coming and they mean a lot to your grades.  Studying for them is important but what is an effective manner in doing so?  University is tough and certainly, the expectations are higher than before. Finding an effective way to remember and understand your studies is important.  That’s why we offer a comprehensive list of different things you can do that will improve your chances for better grades. Remember, the most important thing is to keep your mind, body and soul rested and ensure proper nutrition.  But, there are other ways as well.

Use Flashcards



Flashcards are a great way to start memorising some difficult definitions.  These can be used for all kinds of different things that need to be memorised such as definitions but also mathematical equations and what equation to use in an example.   When using flashcards, sit in a quiet spot and take all distractions away. Allow yourself to concentrate just on the flashcards and not have a bunch of other things going on at the same time.  The repetition can really help as well as removing any flash cards that you know really well. As they are learned, removing them helps the focus go more towards the other more complicated ones.  Continue to check up on the removed cards as well to ensure what you have learned is not lost.

Set a Schedule



You already have a class schedule and work schedule most likely.  So, it’s good to figure out the best times that will work to study for each class.  Having it scheduled around your other obligations will allow you to get each classes studying accomplished before it’s too late.  It is easy to get distracted and miss studying for a class. Especially when the exam week is a little different than your normal schedule.  So, plan ahead and ensure you have time devoted to all the classes.

Find out the Type

There are multiple choice style, essay style, and open book exams.  Finding out the type of exam can help you mentally prepare for what is in store.  Remember, if it’s multiple choice, many professors will try to trip you up. Things such as mixing metric with English is a good example of how to trip you up.  So, it is important to be alert on testing day.




Ensure you are getting proper exercise during exam week as well.  This helps release stress hormones and adds to helping you stay calm.  It helps us to think better and stimulates new brain cell growth while improving attention span.  If you are in a funk, get out and take a quick walk or jog. Getting the heart rate up will certainly help with focus and your attention span.

Get Sleep



Make sure you schedule enough hours in the day for sleep.  This is a common area that many university students miss and it’s really important to your body.  Get the sleep you need to feel rested and energised in the morning. Yes, this is complicated sometimes, so maybe schedule a nap if appropriate.  Ensure you are well rested on Exam day.

Organise your Work



Organise your work.  This is especially important if you are going into an open book exam.  Being able to go to the right area quickly will save time for those harder questions.  So, be sure your work is good and organised. And, you take the time to look over the entire book a few times to get the organisation in your head.  This will allow you to find the answers quickly on exam day.

Rewrite Important Info



Rewriting important info over and over again can help it be better retained in the memory.  So, get a pen and paper and start rewriting what you need. A dry-erase board helps with this as well.  Doing this task can seem tedious but trust us, it will get things engrained the in the brain in no time.  Going over equations, again and again, helps remember the steps to do such an equation. Or writing out descriptions over and over again helps with remembering what each word means.  This can help when the flash cards are not helping as well. This is a good first step sometimes to the more difficult pieces to remember and learn. Once there is a good grasp, flashcards can help engrain it even more.

Use Visuals and Acronyms



Flow charts and diagrams can help with complex equations or understanding a method.  Making up the flowcharts and diagrams can help as well as studying them. And, make up your own Acronyms or funny rhymes that can help with spelling and remembering something that is difficult.  

Stay Hydrated



This cannot be stressed enough.  Staying hydrated is important to the overall workings on of the body.  Bring a water bottle and ensure you drink plenty of water during the day.  Many people think they drink enough water, however, many don’t. If you don’t like the taste of plain water there are many ways to add a flavour to the water without taking away its important properties. When you are feeling hungry, drink a glass of water and see if that hunger goes away.  Many of us are mistaking hunger with thirst.

Study in 50 Min Blocks



Don’t try to run a marathon studying so much and not taking breaks.  This will surely burn you out and not allow you to remember everything you were studying.  Between the 50 min blocks, grab a glass of water, take a walk or nap. Maybe go to the next class, just take a break from studying.


Hopefully, these study tips will help you succeed in your endeavours.  Good study habits are important to define for your own personal self. Getting into a good study routine will help you with the overall goal of the university.  And, remember, not everyone learns the same, some get better results from one form of studying than others. Some people do better studying with a friend and others enjoy studying alone.  Mix it up until you find what works best for you. There is no one way that is perfect for all.

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