A study done at Tufts University in Massachusetts looked at the best ways to recall information and retain it for longer. There are techniques you can use to improve your marks and feel less stressed about studying.
Amy Smith is a graduate student and lead author of the study. "I would recommend always reviewing your material first … and then give yourself practice tests. Read your notes maybe once or twice and then push them aside and make yourself remember as much as you can," Smith said. "Then go back to check your notes: Did you remember everything? No? Then do it again."
CBC.ca reported on another study from Europe in August, 2016. "It seems like an obvious statement: get a good night's rest before a test or exam and you're likely to do better. But it's surprising how many students fail to get enough rest. Often, that's sacrificed for cramming the night before. But it's a bad idea, for many reasons.
[It] found that the brains of people who don't sleep well tend to perform poorly on a memory test. That supports the theory that when we're awake we weaken memory connections. If we're awake too long, the connections between neurons (synapses) become saturated. This means we have greater difficulty retaining new information. Sleeping allows our brain to form new connections.
So forget the cramming and get a good night's rest. Your synapses need it." CBC Dec. 5, 2015
Erin Barker from Concordia University in Montreal believes that feeling negative can sometimes help people when they are challenged. It protects us by making us change our behaviour and improve our actions and therefore the outcomes. Happier people can improve their marks more than unhappy ones. But people who felt bad about a worse mark than usually did better afterwards. Barker believes that if you stay focused and limit negative feeling about preparing for exams or getting bad marks, you can be more motivated in meeting the challenge.
The take away is to do as teachers always recommend: get exercise, get lots of sleep, and have a social life, all while juggling your homework and study. BALANCE is the key!!
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