The rest of the world might be singing "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," but if you're in school you're probably stressing over end of the semester tests, and look for ways to do better on finals. One way to prep for exams is to hibernate in a study space, eating every meal out of a vending machine and re-reading everything on your course syllabus. And while TV sitcoms would like you to believe that's how studying for finals should go, not only is it not the best way to get your work done; it's actually counterproductive.
If you do want to ace your exams and see notable improvement, you have to be strategic about your studying. Simply hitting the books with no plan is not going to be the most effective way to maximize your learning. If you want to work efficiently, you need to have an understanding of what will actually help you recall all those obscure facts when you sit down to take the test. Science has found that there are certain ways to study that will improve your test-taking skills, therefore leaving you with a higher GPA. Here are some tips to ensure that you're making the most of your study sessions.