Studying Tips from a Genius…

Okay, not really. But still.

It’s that time of year again. That time of the year where everything you’ve learned in the semester but unceremoniously tossed to the back of your mind needs to come back to the forefront. It’s stressful, trust me I know, but I somehow always managed to get good grades on my finals in both high school and college. So here’s some of the things that I did to make my life a bit less stressful during the dreaded Finals Week.

  • DON’T CRAM: I know you’ve probably heard this from your various teachers before and rolled your eyes, still choosing to study anyways the night before. But trust me when I say studying for your final beforehand and then using the night before as a review day works so much better for retaining information and feeling less stressed. You won’t even have to stay up the majority of the night to do it, which would result in you being tired for the test and therefore missing an answer that you most likely could have gotten correct.
  • Predict the Questions: Since a final is usually a review of everything that you’ve learned that semester and not new information that you’re being tested on, it is a very good strategy to study old tests or study guides (hope you saved them! If you didn’t, be sure to next year in neat, organized folders). If you have the course syllabus still laying around somewhere, it’s good to review the course objectives or your old homework assignments too. Don’t forget to find the correct answers to the questions you got wrong the first time around!
  • Create mnemonic devices: Be creative! Ever heard of Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally/Parantheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Addition, Subtract? Yeah. That definitely stuck in your head didn’t it? Create acronyms, rhymes, etc to help you remember things easier!
  • Write/Draw It: Writing the information down over and over or drawing a picture of it always seems to burn information in my brain better!
  • Reward Yourself: When you’re finished studying or even when you’re taking a break, reward yourself! Scroll through your social media, go have a chat with a friend, eat a tasty sweet treat! It’s important to keep your stress levels down and in my opinion, a reward at the end of the race is a great way to do that.

 Happy studying and good luck! Be sure to comment if you have another good studying tip! -Jocelyn

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