17 Unexpected Studying Hacks

So no matter how hard you try, you're still having trouble studying. Here are some helpful tips that will train your brain into retaining information better.

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3. Before taking a test, write down all the relevant information you can think of on an index card, as though it were a piece of paper you were allowed to bring with you.

It's an extra writing exercise to help you remember the important things. It'll also serve as a nice review when it comes time for exams later.

4. When listening back to hours of recorded lectures, put on an instrumental Pandora station very low in the background.

11. For history and anthropology classes, watch a documentary on the topic. / Via

It'll help you have a deeper understanding of the material. If no documentaries exist, open up YouTube and do a search on the topic.

13. While studying, do a short review session at each 20 minute interval of the newly learned material. / Via

"Humans tend to halve their memory of newly learned knowledge in a matter of days or weeks unless they consciously review the learned material." Reviewing is important and keeps you from forgetting key points.

15. Try an online interactive flash card site like Quizlet.

It's community-based, so not only can you make your own flashcards, but you can use ones that other people studying the same subject have already made.