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1. Use a Scent
Put a little bit of perfume, cologne, essential oil, body spray, body mist, or scented lotion on while you’re studying, and then put on the same scent when you’re going to take the quiz or exam. The scent will trigger the memory that you stored in your brain when you were studying. Try a scent that you don’t have a lot of association with already. Calming scents like lavender may help you relax, as well as recall information.
2. Flavored Gum
Chewing a flavored gum is another great trigger for your brain. The flavor and texture of the gum may help you retrieve information from your brain. For best results, try a flavor that you’re unfamiliar with.
3. Make Studying Fun
If you need a little motivation to read books or lengthy passages, try the candy trail method. Place a bite-sized piece of candy, such as M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, Skittles, Junior Mints, or gummy bears, beside every paragraph on the page. Once you finish reading each paragraph, reward yourself by eating that piece of candy. Positive reinforcement is a great way to motivate you and help you learn. If you don’t have a sweet tooth or prefer to stay away from sugar, choose something else bite-sized that you enjoy, like pretzels, dried fruit, nuts, or crackers.
4. Keep Your Notes Clean
It's hard to focus if your notes are messy and covered in scribbled out words. Rewrite your notes to keep them neat or type them out to make sure you can actually understand what you're reading.
5. Color Code Your Notes
Try taking notes and doing homework assignments with colored pens, markers, and highlighters. The colorful notes could improve your visual memory and allow you to access information from your brain during an exam more efficiently. Plus, having organized, color-coded notes makes reading through them so much easier!