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Exam Lifehacks Infographic

Sometimes the simplest, smallest study tricks make the biggest difference.

They can boost your confidence, improve your focus, and dissipate your exam anxiety. They can even open your eyes to a new method of organization that will boost your academics for years to come.

Today, we share our favorite unexpected lifehacks to improve your score. Enjoy!


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18 Responses to Exam Lifehacks Infographic

  1. Vale August 9, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    I read listening to music decreases concentration

  2. Aspirant July 5, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    Hello Rita,

    It seems really helpful going through your tips.

    Still, i was wondering, as you mentioned about eating sweet candies and gum (and i read at other sites even dry fruits are helpful), do they allow us inside test hall with whole lot of this additional stuff, which inherently consists of wrappers/packing which may not be allowed inside..?? Sounds crazy but any suggestion?

    Is it allowed standing and stretching at your location during the test, as may be violation of rules. Again crazy but still curious… 😉

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette Jung July 6, 2015 at 10:41 am #

      Hi! We’ve found that the test centers really vary in terms of strictness when it comes to rules about “disruptive” activities– I would recommend contact your test center before the test to check with them specifically! 🙂

  3. Carolyn December 18, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Awesome!! Thank you.

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig December 18, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks, Carolyn! We’re really glad you like it. 🙂

  4. Katie August 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    Whoah whoah whoah…#2 pencils? I’m having SAT flashbacks, help! But really – do I need to source a #2 pencil for this test? I assumed it was all online. Thanks for a great infographic – I am obviously deep in panic mode 🙂

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig August 8, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      Hi Katie!

      The GRE is entirely online (in most countries, like the U.S.) – you’re absolutely right! When you go to the testing center, they’ll provide you with everything you need to take the test. When I went, I got noise-canceling headphones, a pencil, scratch paper, and a kleenex, haha. I think it must have been flu season.

      Deep breaths, and good luck! 🙂


  5. Mathew Knudson July 31, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    I’ve applied these and some of the other tips on the site- namely, diet, hydration, sleep, and posture- and its made a big difference. I had to sit through 23 academic presentations yesterday, after getting up at 6 to catch a train.So I figured, what better way to practice focus than to apply it to this 8 hour slog of presentations? I made sure to get fruit, whole grains, and protein in my breakfast, and packed some fruit and nature valley bars for snacks. I managed to tuck a small cushion behind me to give me better back support, and I forced myself to sit up straight, and take deep breaths all day. I was able to pay attention to all but the last two- though those were after my presentation, so I might have been jittery.
    I can also say that going “unplugged” really helped for studying. I installed “Stay Focusd” for my web browser so that I can only access social media at certain times, I cleared out my inbox and set it to filter out all spam, newsletters, etc that distract from important messages, and I put my phone on silent in another room, and checked it between study sessions. I even went as far as to make Magoosh my homepage! It’s all made it much easier to focus on studying and avoid silly mistakes.

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig July 31, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

      Hi Matthew,

      This is amazing! I am so happy to hear that you’re putting these tips into practice and that they are working so well for you. 🙂 Keep up the good work, and good luck on your GRE!

      I hope your presentation went well yesterday.


  6. Abirami July 27, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    Realy motivating!! I am going to properly stick to this ! Thanks a lot for sharing this 🙂

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig July 28, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Thank you Abirami!

      I hope that some of these tips prove useful for you. 🙂


  7. Malvya July 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Cute animals and videos, this post will be on my reading list too. Nice compilation Rita.


    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig July 28, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      Thanks Malvya!!

      I’m glad this post is helping you as you study. 🙂

      I’ll pass your compliment along to our designer, Mark – he’s the genius behind the cute animals and videos.

      Have a great day!

  8. bindu kumari July 25, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    Too Good

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig July 25, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      That’s what we like to hear! Thanks Bindu! 🙂

  9. Guri Kejriwal July 24, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Thanks Rita,
    Very interesting and useful infographic. I will take a print and stick it in my study.

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig July 24, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      Hi Guri,

      I’m so happy you like the infographic! I hope you’re able to put some of the tips to good use. 🙂

      Happy studying!


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