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Goodbye, Test Anxiety: Tips for Calmer Studies

Study methods for students: Less hassle, more success

Viktoria Lindl 18.11.2016
There’s no need to pull an all-nighter cramming or having to miss out on things with friends this semester. Find out how to be well prepared for you exams.
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Tips for calmer studies

Before your exams: Planning is half the battle

There is probably no student who enjoys missing out on things with family and friends when exams are coming in hot and is dying to spend all night studying. We’ve compiled a few study tips to help you get the best grades with the least amount of hassle.

Tip 1: Good planning is the be all and end all. Try to clamp down on your inner couch potato by setting fixed working hours and rewarding yourself for studying. Start dividing up your subjects into meaningful blocks early, and include enough time to rest and be able to make important events outside of school. Apps like Todoist can help you with time management.

To keep things to as little hassle as possible, you should narrow down what you have to study as much as possible before your test. Ask older students who have already taken the test for tips so you can study more effectively. You should also consider what topics you should prioritize when studying and check whether you need to adjust your schedule or the pace of your studying. Those doing distance learning courses in particular have to properly schedule their time to be able to deal with the dual stresses of both work and study. Responsible studying and organization are crucial for distance learning as well as “normal” courses of study. That’s why we’ve compiled a few good tips for time management. Remember: Students who plan well usually get better grades and are much more relaxed throughout their studies.

If things still get stressful in the lead up to your test, turn to our Tips for Stress Management article for help.

Which study methods are right for you?

It’s difficult to talk about the BEST study methods since studying is different for everyone. Before you go blindly condensing knowledge into your brain, take a moment to carefully consider what the best method of study is for you. The problem is not necessarily you or the topic you’re studying if the knowledge simply won’t stay in your head. You might not be using the right study methods. Mind maps might work better for you than index cards. When preparing for your test you should focus on whether you prefer to work alone or in groups when studying. Many students prefer to study at home, but that comes with attractive temptations like television or Facebook that an end up making for long study breaks. Instead try finding other students and study with them at school. It’s much more fun to get together for lunch, talk about what you’re studying or vent your frustration about how much you have to study and all the tests coming up.

Why is free time conducive to studying?

Saving the best news for last: Recovering from your study sessions is not only important, it can even help you get better grades! Studies show that exercise in particular has positive effects on the brain. Movement sparks the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that positively affects not only our mood but also our performance.

Another useful tool for striking the right balance between studying and free time is the simplify method. It shows you how to motivate yourself to study and offers tips on self-management. After all, college should consist of more than just studying and accumulating knowledge. It’s one of the most beautiful stages of life. Hopefully these tips will help you avoid sitting at your desk panicking at five in the morning with too many energy drinks in you.

Study tips for students with test anxiety

Everything was there in your head right before the test but now you’re drawing a big fat blank. Sound familiar? Many students suffer from test anxiety. Although they may be fully prepared, they may be suffering from a lack of sleep or a sense of helplessness. It can even lead to physical symptoms like headaches, nausea or heart palpitations. 

Read through out Tips for Combatting Mental Blocks before you start studying. You can’t afford to let nervousness or lack of sleep cancel out all your hard work studying for your test. Progressive muscle relaxation, yoga and autogenous training are useful in the days leading up to tests. If you suffer from severe anxiety, ask your doctor about treatment options. Or speak to an advisor or counsellor at your university about the issues you’re having and ask about classes on stress management and time management.

We hope our study tips help!

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