Revision week and final weeks can be the most stressful time for students whether you’re in senior high school or in the university. It it the time we feel most restless and exhausted.
However, we have to ensure that we do some very key things during this period and other things we have to avoid. This write up will thus serve as a guide for us.
Create your own study guide
Draw a study plan that will ensure consistency and can help you track your progress. This guide should include the times you will learn and the duration. This helps to prevent time wasting.
Lots of them, from your lecturers to the Teaching Assistants of the various courses. You should even ask your course mates for better understanding on the courses.
Attend the review session and last minute tutorials
Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on. Don’t miss this for anything.
If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!
Do not stop eating now. This time, you need it most to help you focus. You can never learn on an empty stomach. If for anything, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, don’t skip it. Always try as much as possible to eat before every exams too. It’s a relaxer.
Study things not on the study guide
Study guides aren’t always comprehensive – they’re just suggestions of the main concepts to learn. Use your study guide for its intended purpose: a guide. Be sure to fill in the blanks with related information.
C’mon, this is not the time to stress. We will not be able to commit everything to memory or understand them completely. Treat yourself to some break times. Even school times offers us that necessity.
There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams. Don’t stay up throughout the night a day before the paper.
Prioritize your study time.
This is not the time to chit chat. If someone really loves you, he or she will give you the space to learn. No time to play. Rather start with the courses you find most difficult and put them on first on your scale of preference then the ones you find easier to follow up accordingly.
Study for the style of exam
If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.
If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam.
Draft potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.
Reorganize your notes
Evaluate and reorganize your notes into what’s important, outlining important concepts, formulas dates and definitions so they’re easy to understand.
Teach your mates
Learning by teaching is a method that really works! If you work with a study buddy and explain concepts to one another, you’re re-learning the material all over again. It’s a great way to reinforce what you’ve learned and help someone in the meantime!
Revolve your focus
Switching up your subjects is a helpful way to learn everything for your exams while preventing burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up before your eyes glaze over! That way, you can keep studying for longer periods of time while maintaining your focus.
Color code it
This helps you to remember them easily. Also try to write in pen because it makes reaping of the topic easier. Scientist say words written in pen are easily remembered than that of pencils.
If you’re a visual learner, it can help to create mind maps or diagrams to visualize how the concepts you’re learning relate to one another. This is especially beneficial when learning concepts that build upon the understanding of one another, like in science courses.
Make it fun
It’s easier to focus if you adapt to studying by quizzing yourself, creating acronyms or rewarding yourself for a job well done.
Create a game plan – literally – that allows you to accomplish tasks and be rewarded for each. For example, why not reward yourself with a piece of chocolate or a sip of your coffee after you’ve accomplished a new chapter or allow yourself five minutes of free time for every chunk of material you digest?
You can even add in fun factors like power-ups every time you learn a new definition and lose a life, which means you add another definition to your list, when you get an answer wrong!
By: Hendrina-Rose Bawa|universnewsroom.com