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    35 Study Tools That’ll Help Any Student Feel Like They’ve Got This

    Here to give you a bit of help when even looking at the syllabus is daunting.

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    1. Tabbed sticky notes as an investment to draw even more attention to the stuff your professor seemed to REALLY emphasize may be on the midterm. Consider them a neon flashing sign for where you need to spend your precious minutes.

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    Promising review: "The sticky part of the paper is just right. Not too sticky that it comes off and leaves a nasty residue. I found these helpful when studying multiple content/pages. I love that they are different colors. I even spilled coffee on the whole packet and they are still sticky and work just as though nothing happened to it." —Jessica Zanghi

    Get a 60-pack from Amazon for $4.63.

    2. A flexible book light for when your roommate makes you turn off the overhead light but you still have a few pages left.

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. Some contoured ear plugs as backup when the noise-cancelling headphones just aren't cutting it.

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    WHY did the housing gods assign you with an aspiring DJ?!

    Promising review: "I really love these earplugs and can't stress enough how much these are a lifesaver! I use them for studying, sleeping, and loud movie theaters. These are perfect!" —Jureerat Poonpoolpoke

    Get 10 pairs from Amazon for $2.98.

    4. A *free* AI-powered homework app for when you're staring a hole through a worksheet bc you're completely stumped by that equation.

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    This artificial intelligence app lets you take a pic of a homework question and explains how to solve it. Aka, it's like a tutor who you know knows the correct method to walk you through it.

    Get it from iTunes or Google Play for free.

    5. A lightning USB cable for when you spy an outlet five feet away from the only empty seat in the coffee shop and your phone is on 10%.

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    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four lengths and five colors).

    6. A structured notebook that'll help you take better notes for studying later!

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    Promising review: "The best notebook for school! Helps me study because my notes are so clear. Think paper. Would love it if they offered larger (more pages or subjects) buying two more right now!" —E. Hodgson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

    7. Sticky notes to remind you of all the studying you need to do and the filing cabinet of dry noodles meant to fuel your late-night study seshes.

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    Get them from Amazon for $9.67.

    8. And speaking of ramen, a rapid microwave cooker to make the best of it in no time flat in your dorm room.

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    BTW, we have some ramen upgrade ideas for you.

    Promising review (for ramen cooker): "Fantastic product!! My husband uses it at least once a week. I got one for my college dorm living sister and she loves it. Living in New Hampshire the weather is not always nice to walk to the cafe! Cooks the noodles perfect in four minutes." —J.m

    Get them from Amazon: 24-pack of ramen for $6.58 (14 styles) and two rapid ramen makers for $9.99

    9. A slim water-resistant laptop case as some peace of mind for toting around your #1 study buddy in a bag along with approximately 53 textbooks.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four sizes, nine colors).

    10. A desktop coffee warmer so you don't have to abandon your work station to top off or heat up your cup o' joe.

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    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    11. And a *legit* travel mug to help you concentrate on this chapter, instead of timing the coffee-shop line just right.

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    The leak-proof lid means you can throw it in your backpack, no worries. Drinks stay hot as long as 7 hours and cold as long as 18 hours.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29+ (available in four sizes, six finishes).

    12. A HUGE water bottle you can fill first thing so you drink something besides coffee while you're studying from dawn 'til dusk. Or from dusk 'til dawn. Whatever!

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    BTW, it's BPA-free. I challenge you to lose this huge puppy.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.01+ (available in three sizes and 21 styles).

    13. A chic desk mat in five hues to match your room and give your brain a plot of desk to help you mentally focus on the task at hand. Also for adding your #studysesh to your Insta stories!

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    Promising review: "This is the second time I place an order for this item and it’s because I loved the first someone so much I had to purchase a second. This large mouse pad is very durable and comfortable to have on your desk or wherever your study/work station may be. It’s clean looking, thin, but provides the right about of comfort for any mouse to work on. It’s so large that you have to place your keyboard and or laptop on it as well. Amazing product. Both of mine are black." —Andrea Jimenez

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

    14. And a pack of cable clips so you can position all your power cords and chargers just as you need in your home study space. No more digging through a tangled mess under your desk.

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    Promising review: "I used these in our car and my room. I didn't even press it hard when I placed it in the car. It's very adhesive and holds three cables/chargers using one clip. The wires in my room are now organized especially in my study table. Very affordable and great for a student like me!" —Maycee

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.96.

    15. Cool cats to peek out from your pages and beg you to read that chapter again.

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    Get a 100-pack from Forever 21 for $3.99.

    16. A variety pack of erasable highlighters so you can make up a color-coded study system only *you* can decipher... and then change your mind.

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    Get them from Amazon for $7.07.

    17. Reliable pens en masse... because even if you take allll your class notes on your laptop, you should never be without a solid writing utensil.

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    These smooth-riding pens won out as our budget pick for the best pen on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $8.29.

    18. Novelty pencils you can easily identify from sticky fingers.

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    Get them from Amazon for $10.95.

    19. And pencil sharpener funny enough to never forget about... or easily track down in case you leave it in the library.

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    Get it from Amazon for $3.10.

    20. Japanese fast-food erasers that just may remind you to eat some brain food.

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    Get them from Amazon for $5.23.

    21. A graciously sized storage pouch that'll stand out amongst your other pouches as the one with your calculator, pens, highlighters, pencils, pencil sharpener, erasers... yeah all that stuff. Tracking down all those things takes away from precious study time!

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    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in a variety of literary themes).

    Also check out a trio of pencil pouches.

    22. Caffeinated chocolate or gum to keep in your backpack when you couldn't bear the thought of gulping down any more coffee or tea but could still use a lil' jolt.

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    So I've tried (and loved!) both of these items, and yep I can confirm that they def gave me a burst of energy at work!

    Get them from Amazon: 50-pack of chocolate for $29.99 (available in four flavors) or a six-pack of nine pieces of gum for $21

    23. A 16GB flash drive in case you don't want to store a bunch of PDFs and PowerPoints on your computer.

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    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in a variety of sizes).

    24. An accordion file roomy enough for old pop quizzes and handouts. But slim enough to slide into the depths of your backpack.

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four patterns).

    25. A memory-foam seat cushion to make that dorm room chair feel bearable hour on hour.

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    Promising review: "I am a college student and spend several hours each day sitting on uncomfortable chairs in my apartment reading and writing. I began to have pain when sitting, so I ordered this. It is absolutely wonderful. It takes the pressure off of my coccyx area, and I am finally comfortable and pain-free!" —L

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    26. And a memory-foam keyboard set designed to give your wrists some similar comfort. They deserve it too!

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six colors).

    27. A streamlined tablet or phone stand that'll be your third hand when you're trying to watch a tutorial and take notes at the same time.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    28. A versatile bedside caddy to conveniently corral your study essentials for easy access when you wake up in the middle of the night and start having doubts about your exam the next morn.

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    Get it from Amazon for $6.75.

    29. A bed shelf that'll fit on your dorm room top bunk or just any ole normal bed so you don't have to leave your study domain just to grab a bev.

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    Get it from Amazon for $21.50.

    30. Roomy sweatpants so you won't be distracted by stuff like scratchy jeans or the back of your thighs sticking to your desk chair.

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    Get them from Amazon: women's for $11.73+ (sizes S-2XL, four colors) and men's for $14.90+ (sizes S-4XL, four colors)

    31. Dry shampoo to smell (and feel) clean without showering — even if you're not basically living in the library nowadays. Soaping up in the shower can be a total time suck.

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    Release that permanent top knot and give it a refresh with this, even if you're just going to tie it up again. You'll feel better ASAP.

    Get this dry shampoo from Amazon for $8.54.

    Check out our picks for the best dry shampoo on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    32. Cleansing facial wipes made for sensitive skin because even though you're incredibly busy, you should still take care of your skin!

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    And these are super easy to throw in your backpack before you head to the library for a late-night study sesh. A mere swipe will be nearly as refreshing as a cup of coffee.

    Get two 25-wipe packs from Amazon for $6.99.

    33. Travel toothbrushes to tuck into your backpack for those days when you feel like you're a coffee-breathing dragon.

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    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.22.

    34. A lapdesk you can park on your bed for when the study sesh moves from library to desk to bed. No more scorching-hot thighs from your laptop!

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    Promising review: "I'm a senior in college, and I am so mad I didn't find this sooner! There is nothing I love more than doing homework in bed, but not having a desk makes that difficult. This tray is amazing and I will never go back. The bamboo is high-quality, there is a magnetic drawer on the side, and you can elevate your computer for easy typing. I seriously love this thing." —sunflower

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    35. And a soft throw so you can be cozy without sitting on your bed and accidentally falling asleep. Again.

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    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five sizes and 16 colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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