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Exam season is among us, so today I will be sharing some helpful tips to get your through the hardcore studying you have planned until you are free. Let us begin!

Although this time of year can seem very grey, keep up with colours! Crack out the highlighters and colour code different sections of your notes based on categories. I have a colour set aside for Key Topics, Names/Numbers, Lists, Formulas/Formats and General Interest.  I also keep a colour set aside for topics I ought to review, especially if I know if I will see them on the final.

We all know that cramming everything a day before your exam almost never works, but it can be difficult to plan out study sessions. Try to schedule your exam studying over a few days and switch it up every now and then. For me, I have a lot of material that either overlaps or is integrated in some fashion. This makes it perfect study buddy material.  Research has demonstrated that spacing out study sessions improves your long-term memory retention, so take a few days to study and don’t leave it until the last night.

Night time should instead be used for sleeping! Sleep at least 7 hours and eat healthy during this busy time. One of my study breaks is often dedicated to a quick nap. I was excited to learn that quick naps between studying have been proven to actually help the brain process and retain information. All the more reason!

I have two dogs living with me, so they hear it all. This includes me reading my notes (as well as Skype calls and constant CNN and BNN broadcasts.  Reading your notes aloud forms auditory links in our memory called the Production Effect. Read your key notes to get them stuck in your head (instead of a catchy bop)

Take advantage of these study techniques and breeze through the test questions with confidence. Give yourself ample time and space to practice and absorb these techniques, customize them for your courses and study for your exam. Good luck!

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