It’s that time of year again where your brain hurts, your energy drink quota has reached its max, and you’re looking forward to a celebratory summer. If you’re feeling frazzled, don’t fret! Here are some great study hacks to help you power through that final exam.

Hack #1: Think Outside of the Book

The great thing about having a final exam in this wonderful age of technology is that you can use it to your advantage for everything – including studying. This doesn’t mean only Wikipedia. If you’re having trouble understanding certain concepts or retaining them, try hopping on YouTube to find some added info on whatever the topic may be. Whether it’s history, math or economics, there will almost always be some sort of alternative to those textbooks that can be in a more visible and memorable format. Visual and audio sources are essential.

Hack #2: Talk or Teach About What You Learn as You Learn It

Grab your closest friend or a sibling with the best set of ears. Take a chapter at a time and then reteach it to them. You can make notes and paraphrase the concepts. Talking it out with someone helps stimulate your brain in ways that retain information and allow you to remember that information when you enter the exam room.

Hack #3: Use The Power of Association

One of the best methods for retaining information and improving your memory is through the power of association. If dates of events or names of people are where you falter, use something to associate them with. Whether it’s your grumpy neighbour or the combination of your dog’s age and date of birth – this is one of the best ways to get that brain of yours to remember those pesky details by pulling on familiar cues – especially if you have a tendency to blank for those first few minutes during an exam.

Hack #4: Apps to Block Distraction

With the amount of apps available at your fingertips, why not use them to help you study? If you’re one of those people who can’t seem to open the browser without drifting onto Facebook, then look for some apps – such as the SelfControl app – that will help you eliminate those distractions. Use an app to block social media for a set period of time so that you can get some intense studying done.

Hack #5: Take a Walk Before Your Exam

We’ve all heard about how important it is to get enough rest in your Ottawa apartment the night before an exam, but it’s also important to take a walk and get about 15-20 minutes of exercise beforehand, too. This will help to increase your blood flow to the brain and give a boost to your memory and brainpower.

Instead of curling up on your bed with a variety of energy drinks and that daunting study material, follow these five study hacks to get you properly prepped.