There are a lot of students who find studying for exams extremely difficult and it is easy to get stressed out and overwhelmed. Whether it be for a small quiz, a test or an exam, these tips will help with studying.
1) Note Taking
It is important that when you are in class you take very thorough notes on the topic the professor is teaching. It is especially important to highlight the information that you know will be on your exam. Some professors give you the exact topics that you need to study, so it may help to make an outline of those topics and all of the information you know about them to help you study.
2) Study Cards
An outline may not work for everyone and it can definitely be overwhelming to look at all of the information on a single sheet of paper. An alternative to an outline is making study cards. It is useful to put one topic or question on the front and the information or answer on the flip side.
3) Rewrite Your Notes
It can be extremely helpful to rewrite your notes. It is actually scientifically proven that rewriting notes helps you remember them more quickly and easily. This is a good idea if your notes are messy from writing them quickly in class and it is nice to have a color coded and organized notebook to study from.
4) Library/Academic Success Center
It cannot be stressed enough how useful the library is. They have private study rooms with whiteboards and markers so you can draw diagrams or write important topics on the board. It is a nice, quiet place to study and you can even grab a coffee at the Starbucks on the first floor on your way in! The library also offers free tutoring which is a no-brainer for students who struggle. Besides, what do college students love more than free stuff?
5) Get a Study Partner
There are a lot of people who benefit from having a study partner. If you have a class with a friend, it may be very beneficial to study with them for an exam. If you don’t have a friend in class, it is very easy to make one. You can both benefit from sharing notes and doing homework together. If you do not understand a topic, your friend might be able to help or vice versa.
6) Attend Class
You would be surprised at how many students don’t attend class regularly and show up to the exam and are upset when they get a bad grade. Therefore, it is very important to attend class because if you don’t, how are you going to learn and master the material? Some professors actually give some of the answers to questions on the exams to students who attend class.
7) Do Homework Assignments
As much as you would rather be doing anything other than homework, it is very important you do so because the material on your homework is most likely going to be on your exam. Why would a professor give you an assignment to do if it weren’t going to be beneficial for you in the long run? Answer: they wouldn’t.
8) Utilize Professors’ Office Hours
Every professor is required to have office hours. This is when you can visit them to talk about literally anything. Most students use it for help with topics that they don’t understand. It is recommended that you make an appointment just so you are guaranteed a visit with the professor you want to see.
These tips work for a lot of students. Some last advice is to keep calm when exam season comes around, even though it is very stressful. Study a little bit every day. DO NOT CRAM! If you do, you will be guaranteed to be stressed out, and nobody likes that. Good luck!