Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Midterms: How I Study

My midterms started Monday and for the next two weeks I will be on full drive, coffee in hand and brain running a million miles a minute, at all times. There's no question that midterms are a stressful week for any college student, but if you schedule things right and have a great study plan, there's no reason why you can't survive them. 

- Study your notes and use the textbook as a supplement. 
With every class that I've ever taken, the questions that were on exams were created from what my professors discussed in class. Don't spend hours outlining the book, but instead focus on what was covered in class. If you're confused about something in your notes, use the book to explain it to you. This will save you so much time! It may seem completely obvious, but I still hear of people who study by re-reading through every single chapter that's been assigned. I don't know about you, but I sure don't have time for that. 

- Get Sleep!!
This is huge for me. Even with eight hours of sleep, I can wake up the next morning feeling as if I just woke up from a nap. I've never had to pull an all-nighter, and honestly, if I did, I can probably guarantee that I would not be a functioning person the next day. Plus it's proven that sleep helps you cement everything you've been studying into your brain, which will help you way more than cramming the night before will. I credit my ability to get at least seven hours of sleep every night to...

- Planning
Another thing that is so key during this time. Plan, plan, schedule and then check your plan again and make sure it works. Have goals for what you want to accomplish every day and make sure that they're small enough to be accomplishable. Don't aim to write a paper the day before it's due, but instead take a week and break it into smaller chunks. Of course it's inevitable that there will be that one assignment every now and then that you're caught until that last minute to complete, but don't make a habit out of it, it causes too much stress. Stress = zits. Zits = bad. So just plan ahead and you'll have fabulous skin {If only that was the only factor...}For everyone that is as obsessed with making to-do lists as I am, you're probably already a pro at this, but it helps so so much!

-Know what works for you
I have friends that could never imagine being able to study in their rooms, but for me that's the best place to get work done. If I'm at the library, I spend more time worrying about the volume on my headphones and end up people watching more than I should. As nice as it sounds to have a study buddy for every class, realize that you may have different studying styles and that you may have to go solo for a little bit to ensure that you accomplish what you need to get done. 

What are your study tips? What works best for you during exam weeks?

xo, Ellyse

1 comment:

  1. Ahh. Midterms week is just starting for me, and I don't have time to do anything else. Haha. Happy studying!


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