Study techniques for the night before.

9:00 AM

Ideally, college students wouldn't wait until the night before to study for exams. Realistically, this is not the case. I could sit here and type out several studying techniques that I rarely practice myself, or I could be entirely honest about how I study. If you feel like this is a guide about how not to study, you're correct. This is a guide about how to get things done when you're cramming after a weekend of football and sleeping.

1: You're going to need a lot of caffeine. Whether it's tea, coffee, energy drinks, or soda, it contains caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant, so it'll keep you awake and you'll actually focus a little better.  Look it up, I promise it's not all that bad for you.

2: Prioritize the subjects that will be on the exam. If you know a section pretty well, study it after you study a lesser known section. If you're just too tired to keep studying after the long section, it's okay because you now know a couple sections fairly well.

3: Make sure you get sleep. I have friends who are better at waking up early than staying up late, and vice versa. I even have friends who can nap on and off during the night. Figure out what works best for you, but avoid all-nighters if you can. I do occasionally stay awake all night, because research suggests it might be good for trouble sleeping and depression.

4: Learn broad concepts instead of focusing on tiny details. Most professors want to see if you know how to apply what you learn to new scenarios. If you think certain details will be important, learn those. But don't waste your limited time on something that might not even be on the exam.

5: Repetition is key. The more efficiently you learn concepts, the more you can repeat them. Every time you repeat them, you're reinforcing them into your memory. Don't just write the same thing several times. Talk to yourself. Paraphrase. Make it into a song. Draw a picture of it. Make a mnemonic. That's 5 repetitions already!

If you study days ahead, good for you.  I'm actually genuinely impressed and also a little concerned that you aren't human. Good luck as exams and papers begin to pile up!
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  1. These are such great tips! I like your long champ btw

  2. I always love learning about different study techniques. I'm a procrastinator, so these are perfect!