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Study Tips to Avoid Cram Session Burnout

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Study Tips to Avoid Cram Session BurnoutNothing can take down your week harder than all-nighters and long cram sessions. Are you a natural procrastinator? Maybe overscheduled and hence the last minute study sessions? Or totally new to this college thing and need some good techniques? Our friends at Barnes & Noble College’s blog, the College Juice, are here to help with top study tips so you can study smarter, not harder.

Spreading out your study sessions, having a plan, and implementing these simple study tips will give you time to absorb and retain the info, along with help pave a stress-free path to that due date. Less stress means better memory recall (and better overall health, we should add).

Make a plan
When you study, do you typically plan your study sessions out, or do you end up having a last-minute cram session? Unfortunately, the idea that cramming will keep the material fresh in your mind isn’t true. Instead, come up with a plan of action. Block off time in your calendar and jot down specifics of what your goals are for that hour or two.

Take regular study breaks
Longer sessions at the library make it harder to retain information. When talking study breaks before, we mentioned one “perfect” workday formula is 52 minutes of work to 17 minutes of break time, while MIT suggests that 50 minutes of studying with a 10-minute break is most effective. Figure out what works for you - then work it into your study sessions. Stretch your legs, grab a snack, or call mom - do whatever you can to give your brain a small break and recalibrate.

Quiz yourself
Simply re-reading your notes isn’t the best way to study. A more effective method – like quizzing yourself – could shorten your study sessions. Doing practice tests or having a friend quiz you will help train your mind to recall the information, just like what you’ll be doing during your actual exam.

Many of us struggle come exam time because we often try to memorize information while studying rather than understand it. A good way to gauge if you have an understanding is by trying to summarize each section. If you can’t lay out a simple summary, then you probably don’t completely understand it.

Review often
Review your notes - and those super helpful new summaries you just did - several times leading up to your exam, instead of just the night before. Repetition helps you remember.

Get a good night’s sleep
Those all-nighters are impairing your memory recall. As we learned from one of the top sleep experts in the country, staying up late to cram your reading or papers could be detrimental to your health -- and grades.

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For more study tips and more advice for college students, check out Barnes & Noble College’s blog,



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