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16 Studying Hacks For Finals Week

Finals are THE WORST. But these tips and tricks will make them suck a little less.

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1. Cut the music

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Listening to music while studying hinders the brain from full concentration. If you absolutely need a constant soundtrack, listen to instrumental pieces like classical or jazz.

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4. Take a caffeine nap

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If you find yourself requiring a midday boost, drink a caffeinated beverage right before you take a nap. It takes caffeine about 15 minutes to kick in, so your body will wake you up naturally (but set an alarm just in case). This way you won't oversleep and you'll be twice as alert when you wake up.

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5. But don't over-caffeinate

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Yes, caffeine keeps the brain alert and receptive to new information. But over-caffeinating increases your body's stress response (which you certainly don't need more of), so know thy limits.

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7. Vary your study locations

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Changing up where you study increases information retention. So don't become a library-zombie. Hit up a coffee shop, a common area, a park, or a friend's place to get your study on.

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8. Write things out by hand, if you can

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Long form writing, while slower than typing, has been proven to boost learning. So rewrite notes, draw up flash cards, or scribble out solutions and you'll be more likely to grasp the material.

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9. Keep your study space clean and organized

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Keep your desk organized and your brain will follow suit. Eliminate unnecessary clutter, like knick-knacks or dirty dishes, and only have material you need on your desk to avoid crowding your work space.

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12. Evoke your own emotions

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If you can relate a strong emotion to your subject matter, you are more likely to remember it. So get mad at calculus! Fall in love with literature! The stronger the emotion, the more likely you are to remember it.

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