I will be the first admit that I’m not the greatest when it comes to studying. If I know it’s a super important test then I will study by butt off, but other than that I’m guilty like the rest of you that hate studying.
1) Don’t wait until the last minute
Guilty as charged. It’s not that mean I wait until last minute to start to cramming for a test that I already knew about weeks in advance…it’s just that I kind of forgot about it. Most professors start to tell you to study as soon as they tell you about the test, and for some people that works. I would advise to start studying a week before the test, that way you don’t forget the material or get it mixed up with new material.
2) Rewrite your notes
I know it sounds redundant and more work than it’s worth, but believe me when I say it helps so much. Making note cards and flashcards work for basic classes and some majors, but not for all of them. If you are on that is guilty of copying down every single word that a professor puts on a powerpoint then here is your chance to write the notes in your own words to make sure you understand the material.
3) Go to office hours or email your professor
All professors have office hours, and they want you to use them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you aren’t understanding something, need more of explanation, or you aren’t sure what is going to be on test. Some professors will tell you to email them with your questions, and if you have any, I advice you do. It will not help them, but you will start to understand the material better, and the professor will more than likely remember that you asked a question.
4) Take breaks
I don’t mean that you look at something for five minutes and then decide to binge watch a whole season on Netflix. That also means that you don’t sit there and try to cram stuff into your little brain for seven hours. Listen to your body, it will tell you when you need to breaks, and sleep. Every once in awhile taking a dance party break won’t hurt and will help you refocus when the time comes.
5) Avoid all social media
This is tough one for all of us, because we want to watch the latest YouTube video, try to figure out who Sally is talking about on Twitter when she starts to quote tweets with “this”. The SelfControl app is a great way to put a blocker on your web browsers and phones. Believe me, you might think you have the willpower to not look at your phone, but we all know the minute you take a glimpse at it, you’re done.
Do you have any tips on studying? If so share in the comments below! We’d love to hear!
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