We’ve all been there. It’s the night before an exam/test/quiz, and you haven’t even looked at the Powerpoint or notes. You can’t possibly imagine how you’re going to cram in 5 weeks worth of lecture slides and readings into one night. At this point you are probably experiencing one of two things: 1) pure insanity, or 2) acceptance of probable failure. Wondering how you can possibly escape the inevitable horror of all nighters? You’ve come to the right place. Here are some important tips on how to master last minute studying.
Tip #1: Create a game plan.
It is crucial to create a game plan on what you’re going to study. Budgeting time and work and creating a balance between that and rest, is crucial for succeeding in the art of last minute studying.
Tip #2: De-virtualize.
Turning off your cellphone, internet access etc. can really aid in a successful study session. Avoid social medias that can suck you in like Instagram, Tinder, Snapchat, etc. By disconnecting yourself from virtual networks, you allow yourself to focus more on studying and get less distracted!
Tip #3: Stick to the plan.
Once you created a plan, the goal is to stick to it. Things come up and put you off course–try to push them aside until you have a proper mind to manage them. If you can’t wait, set aside 15 minutes to manage what popped up! By doing so, you allow yourself a time frame to not only break from studying, but solve whatever issue came up. Sometimes it can be very difficult to stay on topic, but once you get into a rhythm, you got yourself set!
Tip #4: Take breaks.
I cannot stress how important this is. The worst thing to do is study for hours and hours straight because you’re worried you won’t be able to get through all the information. By doing this, you actually won’t retain much of what you’re reviewing. There are dozens of studying techniques to prevent you from crashing and remembering little to no information. Out of all of them, The Pomodoro Technique is definitely the way to go. This form of studying works by having you study for a period of 25 minutes (setting a timer is recommended, as it is precise!). When the timer is up, track how much work you’ve completed, then take a break for 5 minutes. After the break is over, do it all over again!! After 4 complete rounds of the Pomodoro Technique, you take a longer break for around 30-45 minutes to allow your brain to rest! This may sound inefficient and a waste of time but trust me, from someone who’s used this technique for years, it allows you to retain more information and get through it all at a faster rate!
Tip #5: De-stress and Rest. (MOST IMPORTANT!!)
Most of all, relax. Stressing over the exam or test will make you retain less and panic. It’s important to stay calm and collected the day before and of the exam. If you’re panicking, you’ll assume you don’t know questions and psych yourself out! It’s okay if you don’t get through all the information. Your worth and value isn’t measured by how well you do and is not determined by the percentage you receive. If you do badly, that’s alright! You can always plan ahead and kick butt on the next exam or re-take the course in the summer! Whatever happens, as long as you tried, you didn’t fail!
If you have anymore tips/tricks for last minute studying, comment them down below!!!
Good luck studying my friends. May the force be with you.