Many students are in the thick of final exams right now and others have exams coming up in the next few weeks. Here are four more tips for final exams and school in general:
- Study alone, then with pals. Don’t arrive at a group study session unprepared and clueless. Study alone first so you come equipped with a list of questions plus some knowledge to contribute.
- Use your textbook. It’s likely your teacher gave you a study guide and hand-outs. And maybe you’ve hardly used that textbook all year. Use it now! Most textbooks have chapter summaries and review questions, and many of the newer texts provide online tests, quizzes and flashcards.
- Go to the library. Bring your textbooks and notes, and leave your laptop at home and your cellphone in the car (you can take breaks to check for texts, but not more often than every half hour). Find a quiet table or study carrel and study without distraction. Once you adjust to the weirdness of not having your electronics available, you’ll likely be amazed at how much information you can absorb and how clear a lot of the subject matter now seems.
- Study morning, noon and night. In the morning, do an overview of a subject by reading through the study guide, a few pages of notes, or a chapter summary. In the afternoon, tackle some hard concept or figure out a tough math procedure. In the evening, flip flash cards or quiz yourself (studying before bedtime takes advantage of sleep learning, in which the mind processes facts and stores important material in memory while you sleep).
Study smart, and hang in there!
[photo taken at LisSurMer, Cape Cod, MA, May 2013]