Study Tips to Get You Through Your Next Exam

Written by: Marianne Sy-Lucero

So picture this: it’s about 2 weeks before reading week or the end of the semester and you’re extremely excited for school to be over; but you just have too much work to do. You start to panic because how are you supposed to finish your 20 page report, create and prepare for a 10 minute presentation, study for 6 exams, and somehow manage to maintain your 3.5 GPA all at the same time?

We’ve all been there. We’ve had to drink a few cups of coffee (or tea if you’re not into coffee) to get ourselves through those all-nighters. But this time is going to be different because we’ve got 5 study tips that are going to help you ace your next exam!

1. Create a Schedule

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If you know you have three exams in one day make sure you plan ahead. There is nothing worse than having to study for three exams in one night. So create a schedule ahead of time that lays out exactly what you’re going to study on what day and time. For example:

Course Exam Date Exam Time Allotted Time to Study
Marketing 1 Mon. Feb. 23 2pm-5pm Thurs. Feb. 19
Computer Applications Mon. Feb. 23 11am-1pm Fri. Feb. 20
Business Math 1 Mon. Feb. 23 8am-10am Sat. Feb. 21

This way the material you study for your 8am exam will be the most fresh in your mind and since you have plenty of time in between each exam you can review the material before hand. You will also have Sunday to do any last minute studying.

2. Do Your Homework and Assigned Readings

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It can be a little bit redundant having to read about what you just spent three hours learning but it can really help you when you have to write an exam. It’s possible that you might have missed something your professor said or that there was a concept or two that you didn’t quite understand. By doing the homework and assigned readings you will gain a better understanding of what you learned in-class and will definitely help you feel a little more prepared for your mid-term or finals. Plus, if you have questions about the readings you can always ask your professor in the next class.

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3. Don’t Over Study

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When finals are just around the corner and all your assignments are due, you might find that your stress level is rising. You might even feel like you don’t know anything you’ve learned in the past month or two and that when your friends quiz you, your mind goes blank. The best thing to do is to relax, manage your time well, and don’t over study. If you feel like you need a break, feel free to go for a walk, head to the gym, or watch a few episodes of Orange is the New Black on Netflix. But don’t get too carried away!

4. Find Your Perfect Study Spot

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Not everybody can concentrate when there are hundreds of different things going on at the same time. So, if you prefer to study in a quiet room with minimal distractions then study at your school’s library or book a study room. Try to avoid studying in noisy areas, such as the cafeteria or in other public areas where you can run into a lot of distractions. If you tend work better with some noise you can play some music in the background. It might even help to study with a group of friends, but make sure that they’re really there to study and not to socialize.

5. Know Yourself and Don’t Procrastinate

At the end of the day you have to know your own habits. If you know that you tend to stress when you do things last minute then make sure to plan ahead of time and don’t procrastinate. But even if you know that you study better when you’re under pressure, you still want to make sure that you give yourself enough time to study the exam material. Remember that not everybody studies or memorizes things the same way, so you have to find the right study techniques for yourself.

“You have to know yourself. I know that I work better under pressure, so I tend to study well last minute. But if you know that you’re not like that, then you definitely shouldn’t procrastinate.”

– Amanda Sookdeo

Remember that these tips are just a guideline. Everybody remembers and studies things differently, so do what works best for you. If you have any interesting study tips that aren’t mentioned above, let us know in the comments!

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