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16 Simple Studying Hacks To Help You Ace Your Next Exam

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2. YouTube it.

Channels like CrashCourse take big topics and break them down into short, easy-to-understand episodes. (And there's an episode for just about every subject under the sun.)

4. Caffeinate (in breaks!)...

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Caffeine helps kick the brain into gear, but you're better off opting for frequent, small coffee breaks, rather than downing that venti before you hit the books.

You also learn more effectively when you write things out by hand – so ditch the laptop for a bit.

7. Tackle small sections at a time...

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Need to memorize a huge chunk of information? Don't try and do it all at once. Instead, learn a new chunk every day – and don't start the next portion until you've got the last one down.

8. Get loud.

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Read your notes aloud to yourself, or pair up with a friend and read sections to each other. Actually speaking and hearing the words – instead of just silently reading them on paper – will reinforce the material in a whole new way.

10. Do the reading before the lecture...

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Easier said than done (we know!) but it's also an ideal way to a) get the most out of class, b) reinforce the material twice, and c) impress your teacher with your super on-point questions.

15. Actually talk to your teachers.

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They're the minds behind the exams – so get to know them. Pop into their office hours armed with a specific question or two. Just chatting with them 1:1 should give you insight into how they think.

Plus, when they're grading later and you're on the cusp of an A or a B, it never hurts to have them like you.

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