Got a big exam coming up but struggle with study skills? Have trouble keeping focus while taking your exam? Do nerves creep up before or during your exam? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then congratulations, welcome to the life of a hardworking student!
Life as a student can come with its pain points, but check out a few of our study hacks that are sure to get your synapses sparking, nerves crushed, and your exams aced.
Gum and Candy For the Win
Don’t put it under the desks folks, cause this minty savior could boost you a whole letter grade! Chewing gum or sucking on a piece of candy/cough drop can help alleviate your nerves during a test and stimulate your brain while taking your exam. This is scientifically proven, do some research! Your hippocampus will thank you for it.
Jog, Dance, Swim, Leap!
Work your brain by working your body! Take about 15 minutes to warm your body up by doing some form of stretches or exercises before your exam. Whether you jog, dance, yoga, swim, jump rope, the choice is yours. Getting your blood pumping will help wake you up and get your brain focused and ready for that big exam!
Puzzle Me This
Great for the early exams, solving puzzles such as Sudoku help center your focus and wake your brain up, especially if you’re not a morning person. Mental exercise is just as important as physical.
Put it in Song!
Get your vocal cords ready. There are scientific studies that show there is a direct relationship between music and memory. Playing music in the background or coming up with songs, jingles, or rhymes can help you remember fun facts like “in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” or how many elements are in the periodic table. Bonus points if you teach your classmates your song. Repetition is key in any form of practice!
These are just a few ways you can get your studying on, but we bet you can come up with some cool hacks yourselves. What study tips and tricks do you rely on to get you through midterms? We want to hear from you! Tell us your best study tip in a creative and fun Instagram video for a chance to win a $500 gift card. Visit here to learn how to enter and for official rules. Make sure to tag @macmillanlearning and use the hashtags #macmillansmart #contest in your entry!