Most students think that locking themselves in a library for long uninterrupted study sessions is the key to performing well on exams. But it turns out doing so can actually hurt your grades. Who knew? Try these odd (yet proven!) study tricks instead:
1. Move around
According to the New York Times, something as simple as switching the location in which you are studying can boost retention of material. This is a great excuse to head to a coffee shop and study there for a couple hours.
2. Study less
The Pomodoro Technique, developed in the late 1980s by Francesco Cirillo involves working 25 minutes followed by taking a 3-5 minute break. Apparently this improves mental agility and makes you more productive. Who knew studying less could in fact help you do better on a test?
3. EAT SUSHI!
Fish is a great study food. It was included in WebMD’s “Brain Foods that Help You Concentrate.” Rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are key for brain health, sushi can help your memory and even your long term health. A perfect excuse to go out for dinner!
4. Take a nap
Naps are something we often feel guilty for. Turns out, a 90-minute catnap at around noon can increase your learning capacity later that day. Rest up!
Studies show that laughter can have psychological benefits that help students learn—if the laughter is tied to what you are studying. Laughing boosts retention dramatically, so bonus points if you can make up a joke about your math homework!
6. Gummy bear incentive
Okay, so this one isn’t backed by science, but it has to work, right?! What better way to make studying irresistible than systematically placed gummy bears?