By Sarah Rodgers
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I’m in college, and I know just how tough studying can be for anyone. So today I decided to give five tips to help you study for your exams.
Make sure you have a study space that has everything you need. Make sure you have a comfortable chair so that you are not fidgeting in your chair, and make sure the surface space is big enough to fit everything you need on top of it. Keep all your supplies within arm’s length so that you are not getting up because once you get up, it will be harder for you to focus. I always make sure I have my supplies, water, and charges all within arm’s length so that I never have to get up to grab something.
Reading is not studying. Make sure you are not just reading your notes over. Quiz yourself so that you have not only urgency but develop the ability to recall the information you need in a timely matter.
Set a schedule. Make sure for the days leading up to your exam, you are reviewing your notes rather than rushing and cramming the night before the exam. Rushing yourself to remember a ton of information is not going to help because you are A) not giving yourself enough time to process the information and B) you will mix up informatu0n as all of it is being reviewed at the same time.
I find that listening to instrumental music helps me to focus on me studying. Don’t use music with lyrics to it because you will start to focus more on the lyrics than what you are studying. Listening to instrumental music helps you to focus and block out any exterior noises, especially if you are in a public setting.
Do not pull all-nighters! I can not stress this enough. Staying up the night before your exam hurts you more than helps when it comes to studying because when it comes time to take the test, you will be so tired that your memory will be blurry, and your recalling skills will be a fraction of what they usually are. It is always better to go to bed and get up the next day to review before the test than stay up all night and risk being too tired to function during the test.