Have you ever found yourself crying your eyes out 24 hours before your next exam?
Like me, I’m fairly confident that all university students have been there. If you haven’t, I’d argue that you’re either a liar, a murder or the next Elon Musk.
There’s so much to learn, experience and binge watch at university that every hour counts. Unless you create and stick to a plan, it’s likely that you’ll fail a course or end up dropping out. Did you know that ⅓ of Australian university students are dropping out of their degrees?
To help uni students perform better on their exams we’ve put together our list of the best study hacks.
- Study with the end in mind.
As early in semester as possible, get an understanding of what your lecturer wants YOU to learn. Find out how they are going to test that and how much each assessment piece is worth to your final grade. Are there any “hurdle” assessments that limit your final grades?
- Spend at least 30 mins with a past student tutor.
Often students are struggling with the course lecturer and structure just as much as the course content. Past students have already gone through all that stress before. Not only do they understand the content, they understand your lecture, the assessments and the pain you’re going through. Use the Vygo mobile app to search all your course codes, find past students and book in a tutor session with them. A 30 minute session with a Vygo tutor can cost as little as $12.50 and save you tears and a $1000 wasted course fee.
- Interact with the content not just read it!
Reading the course material over and over again may seem like a great idea but research shows it’s not super effective. Quiz your friends, draw out some concepts, find a metaphor or create a mind map. A true mark of understanding a concept is being able to explain it to a beginner.
- Caffeine is your best and worst friend
Caffeine rules. At the right time, caffeine will give you the perfect boost, at the wrong time it will either do nothing or leave you an anxious wreck. Research suggests the most effective time to have your first coffee is between 9-11am and most people shouldn’t have coffee after 3pm.
- Set your mind up for success
You get the most out of your brain by setting it up for success. If you don’t have a mindfulness app like Calm (Paid) or Smiling Mind (Free) GET ONE. A 5-10 minute mindfulness session and you will be zen AF and able to absorb maximum information.
- Exercise. Just do it.
Regular exercise will reduce your stress and help you sleep better. Studies suggest that just going for a brisk 20 minute walk before an exam will improve your results.
- Get into your zone
You do your best work when you get into a state of flow. Achieving a state of flow is different for everyone but in general it starts with blocking out distractions. My favourite way to do this is to whip out my noise cancelling headphones and put one song on repeat. Danny Brown – “Dip” is my jam.
Put these methods into place and you’ll save yourself a lot of tears. There are a ton of different study hacks and if you have any sweet tips we want to hear from you. Give us a shout out on social media #vygo #studyhacks