When we think of “studying,” we probably have similar images in mind: long, endless hours sittingedudemic in the same spot, pouring over the same material, trying almost desperately to commit it to memory. These tedious study methods are often seen as tried and true, despite no actual scientific evidence proving that they are. Maybe you had some random success after pulling an all-nighter, or your friend managed to get an A on a test they waited until the last minute to prepare for, but these shouldn’t be the study habits you resort to on a regular basis. In fact, always studying in the same room, studying a single subject for long periods of time, and other often-shared study tips have actually been proven to be unhelpful.

So, if those famous study methods aren’t the ones that work, then what methods do? Rather than turning to that tenth cup of coffee or asking your exhausted classmate how they manage to cram for their tests, it might be a bit more beneficial to turn to science instead.

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