Mental Floss – 11 Brilliantly Innovative Techniques for Smarter Finals-Season Studying

As the semester comes to a close, even the most diligent students are bound to enter panic mode over impending finals. Even if you have a mountain of information to conquer before test time, hope is far from lost. Thanks to a legion of helpful technological tools and a few nifty psychological tricks, studying can be a lot easier than you might have expected.


The building block of any study session is the flashcard. If old-fashioned index cards aren’t working for you, try one of several digital varieties. Some programs, such as Encore, offer the option to quiz yourself. Others, like Headmagnet or Study Blue, organically drop problems or topics you seem to have a handle on and divert focus to the areas with which you’re struggling.