Have you ever spent hours preparing for an exam without getting the result you hoped for? You are not alone. The problem is not the amount of time spent studying, but likely the efficiency with which we study. Maximizing your efficiency will not only allow for less time spent studying, but also ensure that what you’ve studied really sinks in.

Now that the semester has begun and exam period is once again around the corner, here are five tips to make sure you study as efficiently as possible when preparing for your next exam.

1. Break it up

When studying for long periods of time, you are more likely to remember what was first and last and forget what was in between. To make sure you remember the most material possible, divide your study time into smaller sessions. Try studying for 25 minutes at a time, with a 5 minute break in between. This may seem short, but you will get much more out of your time this way.

2. Work in a team

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Working with a partner or even a small group gives you the opportunity to see the material from a different perspective and learn some new tricks. Even if your friend is not in the same courses or, having a designated study partner will keep you both accountable, motivated and on track. On top of that, the social interaction will make studying more stimulating so that you are more likely to remember what was reviewed.

3. Be well rested

Pulling all-night study sessions may seem like a good idea at the time, but these actually do very little for our effiency. Take time to study when you are fresh and awake (a coffee can help, but you shouldn’t need 3 to keep your eyes open). Being well rested means being more alert, which will allow you to retain much more information. Try reviewing your notes after a good night’s sleep or even after a quick work out.

4. Don’t memorize

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5. Practice Makes Perfect

The best way to remember what you’ve learned is to apply it, which means practice, practice, and more practice! Use as many practice questions, textbook quizzes and in class tests as you can. You can get your hands on some past exams, quizzes and in class study material at StuDocu, which will give you the best idea of what to expect come exam time.

This blog post is written by Julia Stamp from StuDocu.com