While trying to cram in your studying last minute might get you an okay grade, here are 10 study tips to help you get that 100%!

  1. Write it out. Research shows that you store information better when you write it out by hand instead of typing it out.
  2. Organize your study space. Try to get rid of distractions and make sure you are as comfortable as possible. This will help you focus on your task: studying.
  3. Take breaks. Research suggests that taking regular breaks can boost your energy and ability to focus.
  4. Make a study schedule. Set a specific time for studying, preferably starting a few days before the test. This can help prevent you pulling all-nighters and not getting enough sleep.
  5. Organize study groups with friends. They might have the answer to some of your questions, and vice versa. This way if you don’t understand something, your friends can explain it to you.
  6. Eat nutritious foods. Nutritious foods have been proven to help boost concentration and memory. So, don’t be tempted to snack on a bag of Doritos and a Coke.
  7. If you took notes, review them. You can increase your memory by as much as 70 percent when you go through your notes within 24 hours.
  8. Chew gum! Chewing gum has been proven to help you stay focused longer on certain tasks.
  9. Have confidence. Believing you can ace that test gets you motivated. To boost it, try really hard on one test to show yourself what you can do when you put your mind to something.
  10. Use grades to see what you can improve on. Grades can be a reflection on how well you know the material. If you get a low grade, don’t quit and change your study habits for that class. If your grades improve, keep it up! If they don’t, try something else.