Here it comes. The dreaded test you should’ve studied for weeks in advance. But now it looks like you only have tonight to cram all that information into your head. So you say to yourself “Well, I’ve endured even more than this!” You have binge-watched a series overnight before. But you’re gonna need help if you’re to pass that test tomorrow. And here are some tips and tricks to get you through.
Coffee or hot chocolate
Time to set up the mood for your all-nighter. First, you’ll need all the energy you can get. Let’s face it, you’re going to be awake awhile and that requires time and energy. Having a cup of coffee during study sessions may skyrocket your energy through the roof which will help you through your study session.
Bright, bright lights
While studying you’ll want all the light you can get to shine. Studies have shown that the brighter the area, the more awake you’ll feel. Our body responds to light, therefore, when there is none, the mind also perceives that it’s time to hit the hay. Your eyes might hurt after a while—so be sure to take breaks! But it’s worth it once you get that passing grade.
Cut your internet connection (seriously)
Let’s face it, Facebook is one of the reasons you didn’t study for that test. Or maybe you were reading the latest Edukasyon post? Were you procrastinating by tweeting? Maybe even scrolling through Instagram? The point of cutting ties with the internet is to help you focus on the task at hand. So that you can retain all the information coming your way during the test tomorrow.
Music makes the world go ‘round, right? That’s why setting the right mood for your study session is essential. You wouldn’t want music that’s too relaxing. On the other hand, you don’t want music that’s too loud either. You want it just right so you can stay awake and focus on studying for the test ahead.
We recommend music without vocals, something instrumental perhaps. A study shows that music helps in cognitive thinking and can help you perceive patterns easily while studying.
Pro-tip: master the art of power naps. But make sure you wake up! Nap in between study sessions so you can focus on the material that needs memorizing or solving. With anything that requires stressful brain activity, sleep can help you retain that information. Take a 30-minute break per study session to help your brain relax and take in the information.
Master these techniques for tonight and you’ll be ready for that test tomorrow. Also, remember to make up for lost sleep. You deserve the rest after all that hard work! Though, let’s be real, the cramming shouldn’t have happened in the first place.