11 awesome study tips for stressed out students

Supercharge your revision sessions with these perhaps surprising study tips.

Make things smell

Associate a smell with your revision time, such as a specific perfume or fragrance. Spray it again when you're about to sit your test. Why? Scents help memory!

Stop distractions

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SelfControl (for Mac) and ColdTurkey (for Windows) are apps that will stop your procrastination when on your computer in its tracks by blocking you from visiting certain websites. No longer get distracted again.

Take breaks

Even if you've only started to revise a day before the exam, still give yourself some time off to chill and let your brain relax.

Get a study buddy (or buddies)

Revising is so much more fun and easier when in groups so get together with friends and work together. You can test one another on the topics, compare and swap notes.


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Even the shower isn't off limits.

Consult the syllabus

Possibly the best place to start your revision: The syllabus will tell you what you need to know and learn and what will come up on the exams.

Listen and watch lectures at faster speeds

Watch back recorded lectures, either video or audio, at faster speeds. VLC is a great free app to use.

Study before bed

Revising while tired actually works as our memories surprising soak up information better when we're in need of a kip.

Move around

Don't just stay stuck to the spot, revise wherever you can from places around your house/flat to the bus, coffee shops, the beach or even in the bath.

Listen to instrumental music

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Instrumental music is generally considered the best to revise to, avoid catchy pop music as you may end up finding it hard to focus.

Use the MyWater app

Water is the best thing to be drinking when revising. Get plenty - the MyWater app helps you easily track your daily water consumption and lets you see your progress over time.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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