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Don't study for exams by "studying." Instead, take practice tests, which help you remember better under stress.

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Taking practice exams IS studying.

“Even though previous research has shown that retrieval practice is one of the best learning strategies available, we were still surprised at how effective it was for individuals under stress. It was as if stress had no effect on their memory,” Smith said. “Learning by taking tests and being forced to retrieve information over and over has a strong effect on long-term memory retention, and appears to continue to have great benefits in high-stakes, stressful situations.”

Just keep practicing. 

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