How to study for an exam

10 SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN STUDY TIPS THAT WORK EVEN IF YOU HAVE 2 BRAIN CELLS

Whoever is reading this blog post, we are just two average students crushed by the high expectations around us and we constantly doubt ourselves because we just never seem to score good, (that could very well be because of us studying one night before the exam ) But let’s not dwell on that and make some actual changes !!!!!!

Our society is so focused on education and soo much of our self worth depends on marks, that there have actually been tons of studies on the best methods that help us learn things faster.
These studies are mainly carried out to understand our brain and I have heard soo many YouTubers and friends SWEAR by some on these tips.
But do they actually work on someone with two brain cells, out of which one is for sadness and the other for food?

Well, let us find out !!!

TIP 1. CREATE A NEW BRAIN CELL

Okay, so I am not going to clickbait you into saying that I am teaching you spells that will magically increase your performance, so here is a reality check.

1.You CANNOT perform without at least some amount of hard work and this amount differs from person to person.
2.You cannot ignore the fact that sometimes we don’t study because we simply hate the course and if that is the case, these tips are definitely a temporary fix and you need to assess your interests
3.These tips should not be treated as your new year’s resolution for losing weight, you have to be COMMITTED to them and choose tips that work for you !!!

Also, this blog post was written after a binge-watch of Ali abdaal’s videos so some of the tips are inspired by him and consider this blog post as “ will Ali’s study tips save my drowning GPA + A guide to scoring well if you have two brain cells by yours truly”

TIP 2: SCHEDULE AND PLAN
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Okay, my Capricorn butt loves to plan and there are definitely some benefits to it!
If you are someone who HATES studying with a passion you might want to divide the syllabus assigned for the exam into a series of days and do a little every day. This prevents burnout, stress and with little effort you achieve a lot.

TIP 3. SPACED REVISION
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If you do plan your syllabus make sure that each new day you take 30 minutes and revise whatever you did the day before, you will be surprised at how much you have already forgotten.
This tip is extremely essential because if you forget what you learn there is no point in planning and studying because by the time the exam actually comes it will feel like starting everything all over again.
Also even if you are someone who does not want to plan and study a day before, use my golden formula
The revision time should be: ½ * (the total time you spent on the topic)
Now you can definitely reduce the ½ to ¼ if maybe this is your second or third revision.

TIP 4: THE QUESTION METHOD

This tip can be used as a way to revise whatever you studied.
Whenever you study make a question out of each topic/subtopic and write it down on a piece of paper.
After you are done studying that chapter, attempt the set of questions to check how much you remember or understand the concept.
This is great stimulation for the actual exam itself and can work wonders for someone who tends to get really anxious before a test. Also after you refer your notes to recheck your answers, this automatically works as a second layer of revision.
TIP 5: USE FLASHCARDS
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This method is extremely useful if you have to remember a number of terms, definitions, or formulas.
If you store the flashcards properly it can be a great help for your future exams and you can even quiz your friends with the same.
Also, there are tons of apps that you can find that act as a virtual flashcard!

TIP 6. RECOGNIZE

When it comes to memorizing, recognize what helps you remember things.
Does reading it aloud help?
Or maybe you like re-reading your notes
Maybe you write and remember.
Or you can only study when you have music on !

And even though there are studies which prove that one method is better than the other,it really depends on what works for you.

TIP 7: CATEGORIZE
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When you start studying, you always get this hunch about a chapter or topic that is very difficult to understand and that is when you categorize your syllabus into topics you can easily do and topics that require a little bit of practice. Simple said, assess your weak areas and work on them.
When I solve numericals I always put a star around any question that I could not do by myself, had to look for a solution or maybe my answer wasn’t right, and when I revise, I only redo the starred once because those are my weak points.

TIP 8: WHEN DOES YOUR BRAIN STOP WORKING?

After studying for a while we all reach a threshold after which no information is actually embedded in our memory, and anything you learn after that is practically a waste, so notice when your brain gets tired and also keep a track when it feels more active or energized.

TIP 9: THE 80:20 RULE
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According to this rule, 80 percent of your results come from only 20 percent of your work.
Therefore 80 percent of your marks can probably be scored by 20 percent of your syllabus and here is where you need to work smart not hard.
You can analyze past year questions to recognize which topic produces the most questions or maybe you can directly ask your teacher for topics that hold the most importance.

TIP 10: VISUALIZATION
One thing that I actually swear by is using visuals to remember your chapters, they could be in the form of videos, or diagrams, or even mind maps.
One thing I remember doing is assigning four characteristics of a topic to the four ac vents in my exam hall so whenever I look at it I remember it.
Also, mnemonics can also be extremely beneficial if you need to remember something in points!

So, those were my favorite study tips, and to be honest, there are soo many more but I just didn’t want this blog post to be super long. Also, remember that you need marks but it does not define your intelligence. As life goes on you will automatically realize the things that you are good at and it does not have to a subject, maybe it is a skill.
I used to beat myself up on not scoring good enough but as I started experimenting, I noticed the things that I am passionate about and developed the courage to follow that.
These study tips do help me score a little higher than what I actually would and i hope it helps anyone who is trying to crack an exam or maybe just wants to score well!.