Finals week has not eaten all semester and it’s starving! Here are 10 ways to study quickly and efficiently in order to survive finals week.
1. Start early: What are you doing?! Run! Don’t be like that person in the horror movies that is a deer in the headlights of their impending doom! If you plan ahead of time you’ll have more time to review difficult material and you’ll never have to cram the night before the test. You’ll almost always perform better when starting early.
2. Break it up: Split up your study session into the smallest pieces possible. The study tasks will be far less daunting and you’ll be much more productive if you study 2 pages of notes and take a 5 min break other than studying 15 pages with a 10 min break. However, in order to do this you must follow tip #1 and start early enough.
3. Walk it out: Change your environment and get a work out. Not only are studying and walking proven to help you study, but getting fresh air and your blood flowing to your brain and the rest of your body will help information retention as well. A British medical journal and the University of Illinois found that walking and other forms of exercise can improve memory and brain power.
4. Teach it: Teaching is by far one of the best ways to assure that you have a firm understanding of the material. You must know the info at a high level in order to teach it to someone else and once you can teach it, you know you’re ready for the test.
5. Learning style: If you’re a visual learner, use diagrams, maps, pictures, and color coded notes to help you study. If you’re an audio learner, record the lectures and listen to them while working out. Tactile learners can practice the technique or write out the answers numerous times.
6. Mental associations: Create mental associations by relating new material with something you already know. Create mnemonics and acronyms flashcards, listen to the same music, chew the same gum, study in the same place, and walk the same route all while you study to create associations to remember difficult material better.
7. Prioritize: Spend more time focusing on the more difficult exams. During that study session, switch to a less difficult subject. After that, come back to the more difficult material to prevent burnout and to test how much knowledge was retained.
8. Know the style: Study in a way that is coherent with the style of the exam. If the exam is multiple choice, know the concepts and definitions. If essay or short answer, understand the concepts and be able to use examples.
9. Get rest: Get a good night’s sleep. Give your brain enough time to cement the new connections you’ve created while studying. Give your mind enough energy to perform well on the test.
10. Reward yourself: After you have successfully escaped your exams, be sure to relax your brain and reward yourself for your hard work.
Thank You for Your Attention.
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Edited: Ffrancesca Famorcan
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