- Step 1: Create flash cards Create flash cards by writing a question on one side and the answer on the other.
- Step 2: Chew gum Chew gum. Studies show it activates chemicals in the brain that improve short and long term memory.
- Step 3: Divide items to be memorized Divide items to be memorized into chunks no larger than seven. That's the maximum amount of information the human memory can absorb at one time.
- TIP: Stand for part of your study time. Studies show this helps students remember 10% more material by increasing blood flow to the brain. Plus, you won't pass out on the couch.
- Step 4: Sniff lavender or peppermint Sniff some lavender or peppermint, whether they're in candle, oils, or candy form. Studies have found that these fragrances help people stay awake and alert.
- Step 5: Don't drink too much coffee Pace yourself with the coffeepot. Too much joe will make you jittery.
- Step 6: Take breaks Take frequent breaks. Our brains are more likely to retain the first and last points of a study session, so lots of short study spurts are better than one long one.
- Step 7: Chug an energy drink Chug an energy drink before the big test (or your first class). A study of graduate students found that those who drank one were more mentally sharp an hour later than those who didn't.
- Step 8: If you're drifting in class If you find yourself drifting in a class, get up and go drink some water, or chew some more gum. You've done the hard part, so don't give up now.
- FACT: One study showed that college students need two to three hours more sleep than they typically get.
You Will Need
- Index cards
- Lavender or peppermint aromatherapy
- And a can of energy drink