Should Fixing Study Take 20 Steps?
Oh, we remember how hectic finals week were! Whether you are in high school or even nearing the final stages of your college career, most would agree that any kind of exam will rattle the nerves of the most confident and prepared student.
Among the worst thing that some students will do is prepare themselves for a multiple choice test when they should be studying for an essay exam. By knowing and studying the format of an exam can be really key in getting yourself ready for a test.
Likewise, there are many unique ways to memorize material while you study! Following some couple of easy tips could make test going a little simpler as well as yours make your life less upsetting.
Before we start, our biggest TIP for finals week is to STUDY A WEEK EARLY!
This prevents any stress, negative mentality, exhaustion, etc. from arising knowing that you have had adequate time to study.
1. Don’t study things that you already know.
The BIGGEST mistake we’ve seen students do when they start studying for their final exam is reviewing course information they already know such as the topics covered in the previous exam 1 and 2. I hope that you can agree with me that there is a lot of information that needs to be covered in each of your courses… Don’t waste your time and effort on going over the basic understandings or concepts that you should already have learned as common sense.
Sit down in a quiet area with your notes from class out and onto the table. Next highlight all the chapters that you don’t understand. This is the initial step in studying… By this, you are able to focus and prioritize your time in the areas you need to review on.
Be sure to take a look at the textbook (the chapters test covers) or PowerPoint slides provided in your course. By doing so, you should be able to get a firm understanding of the sections you need to attack the most.
At this time evaluate the material and compare it to the study guide or exam review provided to you by your professor while trying to cross out the subjects that aren’t covered in the exam review.
The chapters that are not crossed out are what you need to center your time on. Reducing the quantity of information that should be studied within the week leading in the exam enables for additional time for you to be allocated to harder topics.
2. Stay Active and Eat.
Lying on the couch with your favorite sweats might appear like the best way to study… But it’s not! Being too comfort can easily result in fatigue, napping, and daydreaming. It’s best to try studying while you are on your feet, notes in hands, and review when you walk.
Search for a clear classroom and utilize the white board to your benefit. Visuals (concept maps, diagrams, and graphs) can revitalize research session, and give a little humor towards the learning process.
Make sure to eat! Eating carbohydrates enables the brain to think clearer, more focused, and non-fatigued. However, junk food may be inexpensive and may appear to save your time and money, they are doing nothing to help your brain retain information. Avoid processed and junk food such as fast food restaurants, salted snack foods, or even soda.
Pasta, sandwiches, milk, vegetables and fruit are wonderful sources of carbs and really should be incorporated within the diet while studying for an exam. Particularly the previous night and also in the morning. Never study hungry, it’s impossible to focus when your stomach keeps growling at you! Then the mind focuses on wanting food and not on learning.