Harvard referencing. I can almost hear your audible groans. You'd think that writing an essay would be the hardest part of Uni, but somehow the most painful and time consuming part is making sure all your references are correct and consistent throughout. If you've not already tried this app then your life is about to change. RefME is quick and easy to use - simply scan the barcode of the book and it will generate the reference for you in whatever style you use. It saves all your references as you go along, so you never lose track.
Whether you're writing an essay or prepping for an exam, you need to plan ahead otherwise you'll just get needlessly stressed and faff about even more than you thought was possible. Creating a schedule and sticking to it helps make sure you stay on track to achieving your goal. Try adding rewards for yourself if you stick to the schedule - two hours of research on fossils = one coffee with your bestie afterwards. It's all about creating a balance and sticking to it. Which leads us onto the next study tip:
Take regular breaks
You should be working hard, but you also need to take some time off to recuperate otherwise your brain will fizzle out and you'll be running on zero battery. A good sleeping schedule will help you stay alert during the day and regular breaks will help maintain your stress levels. Not to mention if you're staring at a screen for hours throughout the day your eyes will definitely thank you for these well deserved study breaks.
Researchers in the UK have conducted a study that shows even mild dehydration can have a negative effect on the brain's performance. The study found that drinking water can improve the brain's ability to complete tasks that require a rapid response - which sounds pretty good for exams or that last minute essay that you definitely have already done as it was written in your schedule (do not pass go, do not collect $200).