5-STEP FINAL EXAM WEEK PREPARATION – Part I
- Ask Questions!
- Don’t be afraid to speak up in class. There’s a good chance that at least one other person doesn’t get it, either.
- Use your prof’s office hours or schedule an appointment. Make a list of your questions and bring it with you. Record the answers on your list!
- Make a Study Guide
- Put the information into your own words. This helps you retain it.
- Create flashcards. Use the Quizlet app on your phone to create flashcards and quizzes.
- Arrange or Join a Study Group
- It will help you look at topics from different perspectives and you might even discover more effective study tips.
- Adjust Your Schedule
- Form a study schedule, and stick to it. If your friend invites you on a Meijer run, remember to trade an equivalent amount of break time elsewhere in your schedule for study time.
- You’ll be more productive if you include brief (10-15 minutes) study breaks every 1-2 hours. Do something entirely different during that time (e.g. going for a walk, run, or meeting a friend for a quick snack).
- Get Out of Your Dorm Room
- The absolute worst place to study is on your bed. Even if you are at your desk, you can’t help but see your bed and be drawn in, or have a neighbor distract you.
- Instead, take your headphones and study materials to the library or nearby café with free Wi-Fi and good coffee.
- Don’t wait until the night before your exam to pack your brain with dates, statistics, and formulas. Pulling all-nighters can actually strain your brain.
Need help/encouragement? Stop by the Academic Success Center in VanZoeren 261 for your personalized study session and a free deck of ASC Final Exam Study Strategies cards.
Persevere. College can present challenges but facing them will prepare you for challenges in your future career and life.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” -Thomas Edison
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’ ” -Audrey Hepburn
The last date that the ASC will accept applications for a tutor is Monday, November 19. If you would like to be matched with a tutor (for most 100 & 200 level courses) please stop by the ASC (261 VanZoeren Hall) by 5:00pm Monday, November 19. A printable application and further information can be found on the ASC website.
Keep your study area clear of items that could distract you. Have necessary materials close at hand. Concentrate! If you suddenly think of something else you need to do, jot it down to put it out of your mind and return to it later. Turn off notifications and anything else that might disturb you.
We suggest trying the Pomodoro Technique. Check out another video about this technique and how to stop procrastinating.
The 10 Best Pomodoro Apps!
Try a Pomodoro session with the College Geek.
Most effective studying is active, testing and questioning yourself (not passive like just re-reading notes/ textbook) and spaced throughout the week.
Think about using even short intervals of time effectively (like between classes.)
In 15 minutes you could:
· Review lecture notes and highlight the key ideas.
· Quiz yourself on the key terms in a chapter.
· Write a summary of a few paragraphs from an article/textbook.
· Read a brief article.
· List all the things you have to do later/ tomorrow.
Need more ideas? Check out how the ASC can help!
Keep a calendar of class times, study times, tutoring sessions, and meetings with advisors or instructors and any other commitments you have. Use Google Calendar and sync it to your phone. Planning and managing your time will reduce stress and help you accomplish more. The ASC has printable calendars for your use. Stop by or visit our website!
Overwhelmed by finals? College Info Geek has gathered resources that may be helpful as you prepare for the end of the semester. The Ultimate Guide for Studying for Final Exams includes links with useful tips and tricks on everything from breaking through a lack of motivation for studying to maintaining focus and concentration to test-taking strategies for the day of the exam. Check it out and good luck!
Mid-term exams have started, and you probably have a few for which you are preparing, or should be! Preparation, of course, is the number one key for success, but there are also some good strategies for taking multiple-choice exams. The ASC has gathered some videos we think you might find helpful. There are quite a few on YouTube, but after previewing a bunch for you, these short videos contain the best and most succinct information!
Needing to Improve Your Studying and Learning?
In case you haven’t been keeping track, midterm is less than three weeks away and only two weeks after you return from Winter Break! At this point are you feeling like you need to kick your academics into a higher gear? If so, you’re not alone: the new-semester honeymoon is over, and February’s dreary days can sap whatever motivation you may have had. We at the Academic Success Center (ASC) recommend two sets of strategies you can pursue: ways to help yourself and ways to get help from others. Here are a few of the best:
Ways to Help Yourself:
† Use this checklist of “Keys to Academic Success in College” to get more organized.
† Apply these “Nine Tips for Staying Motivated in College” to overcome your doldrums.
† Practice these “Seven Steps to Becoming a Better Note Taker” to engage and learn better.
† Fill out and follow the two “Fillable Schedules” titled “Saturday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.” and “Semester Planning” located here.
Ways to Get Help from Others:
† Attend any department- or ASC-sponsored group helps sessions related to a class.
† Apply for an ASC tutor NOW for a class that isn’t going very well.
† Apply for a peer academic coach to help you simply “do college.”
† Set up a one-on-one ASC appointment to learn how to improve specific study strategies.
As you know, college semesters fly by. So don’t put off doing the very do-able things available through the Academic Success Center in VanZoeren 261. Here’s our website where you can learn about all the various kinds of help we offer to all students, totally free of charge.