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We all know that midterms and finals week is one of the most stressful times in one’s college career.  To be prepared for your exams is the key to success!  Please do take the time to consider some of these study tips, which can help you do well on your exams.  It is wise that you follow these steps as early as possible to see what works and what does not work.  In addition, the earlier you start to study, the better for your grades.

  1. Make your own review sheet.  You can personalize the subject material to understand it better.  It would be helpful if you create it in advance so that you could ask your teacher if there is any missing material.  
  2. Ask questions.  Your professor and teaching assistant(s) are your aid.  If you are confused about something, go and visit them during their office hours so that they may clarify things for you.  (E-mailing them will help too!)
  3. Go to your test review sessions.  You can retain information better if you hear it often.  In review sessions, the material is retaught for your understanding.  They will cover the things that will show up on the test.
  4. Prepare early.  Dedicate a small portion of your day looking over the notes that were taken in class.  This will make life easier as you would not have to cram an entire study session in the night before the test.
  5. Join a group study meeting.  Studying in a group may help you… or not.  Try this out and see if it works for you!
  6. Study things not included in a given study guide.  Sometimes a study guide may not go in-depth.  Thus, be prepared to add detailed information to it!
  7. Take a break.  Please allow yourself some time to pause work for a moment.  It is important that you take it easy when studying because it will keep your mind in focus.
  8. Get rest.  Getting eight hours of sleep the night before the test will help you get your grind on when taking the exam.  It will make you feel confident, which may produce a higher test score.
  9. Make your own study schedule and stick to it.  You should figure out what portion of the material you would like to study.  Then, prioritize it in your own order so that everything gets covered.  This way you are not overwhelmed by a lot of information at once.
  10. Prioritize your time.  ← This speaks for itself.  Find a nice balance for your school work and any other extracurricular activities you have going on.
  11. Study a particular style of exam.  Your professor might tell you how the test will look like, whether it is multiple choice, essay, or short answer.  If multiple choice, know definitions and concepts.  If essay or short answer, know the concepts with examples.
  12. Quiz yourself.  Create your own postcards with information on both sides so that you may test your knowledge, but also check yourself.  
  13. Rewrite your notes.  If your notes are sloppy, rewrite them.  It will help you refer to things easier and quicker.  Rewriting notes is a good way to memorize key ideas.
  14. Teach others.  When you understand the material, teaching your fellow classmates will help both you and them to study.  Furthermore, you are encouraging another person’s learning, which is always a plus.  
  15. Use colors.  When you color code your notes and study material, you are highlighting the most important things.  This will help your eye out when searching for a particular line with golden information.
  16. Use visuals.  Draw things out, go on YouTube, etc.  Using visuals will help you match class given notes to your own creativity.  So, have fun with it.  
  17. Make it fun.  Create your own acronym or learn some.  Create your own games or learn one.  This will make your study time more enjoyable and the material learned everlasting!

Researched and Written by: Angelica Perez, Peer Educator 


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