Study hacks

Hello again everyone!


There are two kinds of people in the world:

  • The ones who love spring, because everything wakes up, flowers bloom, birds sing from morning until midnight and the days get longer.
  • The ones who believe that spring is the most stressful and unpleasant time because they have to study from morning until midnight relearning everything forgotten in preporation for the one week in which their future depends. I am talking about graduates (obviously).

So for this issue I have decided to give you some useful tricks on how to be organised and get over revision for all of your exams (any kind of them, not just Maturita) easily.

1. Make your notebook as organised as possible.

A mess in your notes will lead to a mess in your brain, so try to make your notes organised and maybe put them into groups according to a certain topic or in chronologic order.

2. Practise your short-term memory.

This will test if you actually take in anything that you read. Look away from a textbook and try to remember the key figure/fact you just read. If you can't, keep going until you can.


3. Colour-code/ highlighting

The brain responds to visual triggers, so highlight important passages to ensure they jump off the page. Assign certain colours to facts that can be used in conjunction with each other, and hope to God that you've got a photographic memory.


4. Make use of past-papers and time yourself.

Knowing what the format of the exam will look like is half the battle. If you're comfortable with the format, you're less likely to make a timing error on the actual day. Also, make sure you can complete the exam in the allocated time - set an alarm when you practise and check how long it takes you to complete the exam in a decent time.


5. Explain the topic to someone else.

If you can't explain the subject to your sister/mother/cousin, then you don't understand it well enough.


6. Stage a worst-case scenario paper for yourself.

That is about the *one* topic that you're absolutely hoping will not come up in the exam. The more scared you are of the topic the more time you should spend revising it. Keep going over the subject until it's something you're hoping WILL come up.


7. Set rules and stick to them.

It's no good drawing up a detailed timetable if you're not going to stick to it. Be firm with yourself, and think about how frustrated you'll be if you see your results and know you could've done better.


8. Reward yourself when you deserve it.

That doesn't mean buying a wedding dress. Treat yourself with a certain snack, a bath, or an episode of your favourite show. But, if you know in your heart that you haven't been working as hard as you should have been, don't do the same items.


9. Make sure your sleep pattern is reasonable.

You physically can't study for 24 hours a day. Staying up all night is only going to make you exhausted and unable to retain information the next day. This gets even more important as the exam date draws closer - if the start time is 9.00am and you've only had 5 hours of sleep, your performance is definitely going to reflect that.


10. Get up early.

 If you get up earlier you can get more things done and revise the topic you are not 100% sure about a little bit more. However, wakening up at 1 pm just isn't going to have the same effect on your motivation.


11. Turn the TV off/log out of your social media

You can't revise if there are distractions all around you. Make sure the TV and radio are switched off and, if you're a social media addict, log out of the App or turn your notifications off before you sit down to study.


12. Rewrite and condense your notes.

 Don't just copy down old notes in a prettier style of handwriting; you're not going to learn anything by that. Always try to rewrite or condense your notes into the shortest, snappiest paragraphs you can think of. If it helps, try and imagine how your favourite celebrities/fictional characters would rephrase the topic, or read the notes in a different accent to make the information instantly more memorable.


13. Walk Before An Exam

It’s been proven that exercise can boost your memory and brain power. About 20 minutes´ exercise before an exam can improve your performance.


14. Use Apps to Block Distracting Sites

 The SelfControl app can help you to avoid distractions by blocking websites for a certain amount of time.


15. Search Google Like a Pro

Save time when researching sources online by mastering the biggest search engine in the world; Google. Follow the tips in this image to find what you need.


16. Meditate

Studies say that meditation can help students stay focused when studying. Not only will meditation help you concentrate when studying but it will help reduce pre-exam stress as it improves both mental and physical health.


by Tamara Salibová

Year 2, Issue 3