So I decided to start a series on my blog! I am going to be giving advice on miscellaneous subjects throughout the rest of the school year. My biggest passion in life is giving advice to people… that’s what I’m studying in school! So not only is this great practice for me, but I also know that I enjoy reading people’s thoughts when they are extremely passionate about it and authentic… And hopefully you can take something away from it!
This week I felt it only fitting to talk about… studying. I know most of us cringe at the very sound of the word, but it is inevitable in high school and college life. Finals are coming up next week, and let me tell you I hope I can take my own advice! But I decided to take what I’ve learned and what others have learned from this semester and give you some last minute advice.
First of all, try your best to start in advance. Now I am one of the biggest procrastinators you will ever meet, so this is something I need to work on to. But when it comes to studying, especially in college, overnight crams just don’t get it done. Also last minute studying brings upon unneeded stress and not a lot of sleep. Do yourself a favor and begin studying a week before. Spend an hour a day reading over your notes, creating a study guide, or whatever you need to do so that you can spend the last day going over things you don’t understand. You can also find help with tutoring and from your professor easier if you start in advance and find the right questions to ask.
My next tip would be to figure out what kind of studier your are. Do you study better alone or in groups? For me, I am not typically a very motivated person. Although I am fairly independent, I work better in groups because of my “chill personality” (basically I get lazy). Now if you’re a talker, you may not want to study in groups if you want to get anything accomplished. I know it may be uncomfortable because your personality type longs to be with people, but in the end you will have accomplished more working alone.
Another big one I think most of our generation struggles with is putting away the electronics. I know your phone is legitimately glued to your hand… but it will be a huge distraction! It always is for me anyway! I would recommend to grab a cup of coffee and/or a snack and get COMFORTABLE. I am not talking in front of a t.v.! Find a quiet place and get comfortable… you may end up staying there for awhile.
This next tip was something I never did in high school, but in college I have had to do quite a bit That is… read your text book. I understand, it’s soo boring. But in college there will be things on the test that you will not know just by listening in class. Now I have learned a bit of a cheat on this one over the course of the semester. What I do is read over my notes, then I head over to the book and find where it talks about what I read in my notes. I learn a lot more examples and get a greater understanding of the concept after doing it that way. I don’t have to read the in between stuff, but just learning more than what is in my notes has been very successful so far. This may not work for all of your class (for instance math and some sciences) but it’s a start.
My last tip is more of a plead… GET SLEEP. It is so important to sleep before exams. I have always done better and felt more confident when I have had a good night’s rest. It may seem dumb and overrated but believe me it works! Studies have shown that sleep helps you retain the knowledge that you have studied. It may seem uncool… but you will feel a lot better and remember a lot more!
Hopefully this helps! Happy finals! 😉 Oh and may the odds be ever in your favor…
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