With it being back to school season, students all over the world are trying to find the best methods to make this academic year as productive as possible, and CareerFear is here to help. Here are a few scientifically backed study tips for you to try out.

1. Give yourself enough time to study.
We’ve all stayed up late the night before a big test trying to fit as much information into our overstuffed minds as possible. Cramming the night before, having slacked off all year, never works. There’s no way the brain can grasp onto that much material in such a short amount of time. Your best course of action if you choose this method is to pay attention every day in class, revise every night before you sleep, and then refresh your memory once or twice the day before the exam.

2. Move around.
“How can I remember stuff more easily?” Study in different places. This forces the brain to make new associations with the same material and makes it easier to remember.

3. Rewards!
Human beings like to be rewarded for their hard work. Its totally normal. Set small studying goals and, upon achieving them, treat yourself to something that fits the goal. Candy bars, a short (and strictly time enforced!) nap, and time with friends are all good ideas.

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4. Study groups.
Host a study group and invite as many people as possible. The more people who show up, the more likely it is that someone will understand something that you don’t. Studying in a less controlled environment can also help you feel more comfortable and more receptive to information.

5. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
“How do I stay focused on a task?” Studies suggest that it takes 15 minutes for your brain to become fully immersed in a task. Set a timer for 15 minutes and get to work. When the timer goes off, you can choose to take a small break or keep working for another 15 minutes.