that time of the semester - the time where
looming final tests and projects become reality
for students eager to finish their classes and
become that much closer to earning their degree.
you are faced with a number of priorities, how
do you even begin to prepare for exams?
are some study tips to help you make the best of
your study time.
Set aside time.
one's a given, but it is important to determine
how you will fit all of your studying in and
schedule it in a planner. If you work 8 hours a
day, you know what hours those are. If you have
class or a seminar, you know not to schedule
other meetings or activities at that time. Do
the same by scheduling your study time into your
you are an adult learner, it is even more
important to set these schedules and
expectations with your friends and family.
You've taken the step to back to college and
improve your life - be sure to keep others in
the loop on your progress and success, and they
should be able to understand your need for
uninterrupted study time. The good thing to know
is that a series of shorter study sessions
distributed over several days is preferable to
fewer but longer study sessions. This is
especially important for those students who
juggle work, family, and school.
Don't try to learn it all.
Select a reasonable amount of material to study.
Make a list of topics that are likely to be on
the exam and prioritize these subjects based on
how important they are and how much more you
need to learn about them. Spend the majority of
your time familiarizing yourself with the
subjects you are less confident about, and do it
at the beginning of your study session, when you
have more energy and are ready to dive in.
Put it in your own words.
just memorize the information and move on. You
should be able to explain the main ideas in your
own words. By putting it in a context that you
understand, you will have an easier time
recalling it than if you simply repeated a
concept over and over without really connecting
with the other students in the class to get
their perspectives on what important information
will be on the exam. Suggest a group session
where you share study guides and talk about the
material out loud. Verbalizing the information
is the key to storing the material in your