Time to crush the study game! It can be difficult in a new place where the pressure is on. If you’re used to coasting along, guess what? Those days are over (well, for most people). Learning new tips and tricks are always helpful, but what about those off-the-wall suggestions that may actually get those wheels turning?
Here are a few:
Taking notes in class is one of the most important things you can do. It helps break down the information, and provides direction once you leave the classroom.
Review your notes after class
You should always review your notes after class. This is a refresher, but helps formulate additional questions you may have for better understanding.
You won’t be able to review or retain anything if you don’t have your notes organized. Come up with a system for each class to help you stay on track.
Rewrite your notes after you have researched any additional questions. This helps remember important points that will come in handy during the exam.
Turn it off. Everything. That means while you’re in class, no social media. When you’re studying, cut the television, phone or any other distractions that may cause you to lose your focus. It’s perfectly fine to unplug for a few hours. Set some boundaries - you’ll be surprised how much you get done.
Things can get pretty boring when studying, and you run the risk of burning out. Time yourself and study in chunks. You will retain more and won’t feel so drained.
Take breaks on a frequent basis
It’s okay to take breaks. If you’re timing yourself, try studying for 30 minutes and taking a 10 minute break. If that’s too long, try 15 minute segments with 5 minute breaks. It helps you focus on getting through the material.
Create acronyms and metaphors
When there are a lot of terminology and scenarios, creating acronyms and metaphors to help you remember makes a world of difference.
One of the best ways to retain and master your information is to teach someone else. If you have a study partner or group, take turns teaching the information to each other. This also builds retention and confidence so you’ll be ready for the exam.
Don’t over study
Studying is needed, but you can overdo it. Scheduling blocks of time to study is always the key to balancing things out the way they should be. This is where effective time management steps in.
Cramming for a quiz or exam doesn’t help anyone, especially if you haven’t read the material or gone over your notes. Waiting until the last minute can confuse you and create a level of exhaustion you don’t need. Pacing yourself when learning the material is the best option.
After studying, treat yourself! This could mean going for a run, watching your favorite show, or eating an ice cream cone. Whatever makes you feel happy do it! The little rewards will help you focus on the prize.
Snack during the exam
Some people think better when they have snacks. Ask your professor if it’s okay to have a snack while taking the exam. If snacking will get you that “A”, as long as it doesn’t affect others around you, go for it.