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The Ultimate Guide For College Finals

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Are you freaking out about college finals? Relax; it’s only natural! Pretty much every student has worried about finals at some point. It’s always helped calm me down to remember that I’m not the only one stressing over finals week. We’re in this together!

Throughout my four years of college, I’ve learned a handful of study tips that I’ve come back to time and time again. Here is my guide to college finals:

1. Prioritize

It was easier for me to prioritize what to study, instead of trying to make sure I spent equal amounts of time studying for each final. There are several ways you can decide which final to study for first: the one you’re most worried about passing, the final you’ll have first, or the final that has the most material. I think the safe rule to play by is focusing more of your time on the tests you’re most worried about. Familiarize yourself with enough of all of your material to feel a general confidence.

2. Create Study Guides

If you’re a procrastinator (like yours truly), the sooner you start this step, the better! Many professors will provide their own version of a study guide, but it may not be laid out in a way that makes sense to you. It would be wise to type out (or re-write) all of your notes you’ve taken throughout the term and make a packet of important terms, diagrams, theories, examples, etc. Take the time to create your own study guide. Flashcards are also great, too.

3. Do the Practice Tests

Does your professor create practice tests for each chapter? Are there some in your textbook at the end of each section? I used to pass them by, too, but for some classes, they can be really helpful, especially math. Practice does make perfect!

4. Take Your Time

When it is crunch time and you’re sitting in your seat during the final, take your time! I used to panic if I saw someone turn in their test only after 20. I would think maybe the final was really simple and it shouldn’t be taking me so long to finish it. Wrong. Just because someone else finished before me, that doesn’t mean anything about the test itself. We all work at our own pace. So read the problem slowly and think about your answer. Don’t rush and don’t worry about others around you.

5. Attend Review Sessions

Even if it’s during the time of your favorite television show, make sure you’re at the final exam review session! It’s never a bad thing to be over-prepared. There is no such thing as too much reviewing. Plus, your instructor might tell you something only those at the review session have the advantage of knowing. This is also your last chance to ask any questions you might have.

Follow this guide to college finals and you should do just fine.

Relax, you’ve got this! Keep calm and study on! Good luck!

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How To Make The Perfect Study Guide

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Megan Lehman BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

Making the perfect study guide is the key to being successful in college. I have tried many different tricks over the years discovering what kind of learner I am and what sort of study techniques are best for me. Now, I am getting ready to pass this knowledge on to you. Get your pen and paper ready, you’re going to want to take notes!

1. Gather The Information

Starting with the obvious, attend class! You are going to learn more by actually being in the classroom than reading out of a textbook. Sometimes there is material covered in class that doesn’t even appear in the book, so don’t skip out on any classes! I suggest recording the lecture if you can. By doing this, you can go back and listen to find information to ensure more concrete notes later. Put all of the information you have together into a handwritten study guide (writing it helps your memory).

2. Group Up

The saying “two heads are better than one” is completely true. Five is even better. Gather up a group of people in your class, but be wise to who you select. The most valuable students are the ones who sit in the front, participates in discussion, and arrive early; all traits of successful students and smart planners.  You can either share notes, or divide up the class material between each person so each person is creating a section of the study guide. Asking one person to solely focus on a specific section means they can put in more effort to detail and the facts. Set a timeline for completion and piece together what everyone’s created to create the ultimate study guide. Be sure to share the information in a timely manner so that everyone has enough time to study. Then get together after the study guide has been created to review it, share notes, and quiz each other. This was by far the best study guide creating method I’ve ever learned.

3. Details, Details, Details

Go through your lecture or discussion notes and look for specific things that can be expanded upon in your study guide, such as vocabulary word definitions, theories, life examples, and anything that was mentioned more than once during lecture. Make your study guide as concrete as possible so that nothing is missed when you’re studying! The point of the study guide is to solidify everything you have on the topic so that you only need this guide to ace your exam, making it easier to study anywhere!

Once you think you have mastered something from your study guide, explain it aloud without the assistance of your study guide. Try teaching the material to someone to see if you really do understand the topic. If you’re struggling, study more on that topic.

Now you know the ways to prepare a study guide and the details to look for in your notes. As long as your study guide is solid and you spend enough time reviewing the material, you should do just fine!

Share your study guide strategies in a comment below!

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Ways To Prepare For A College Midterm

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Christine Henson BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again… college midterm time! That means the semester is halfway over and it’s time to see what you’ve learned (or need to refresh on). Preparing for a big exam can be a little daunting, but there are a few different things you can try to prepare:

1. Re-write Your Notes

Writing things down can be the best way to remember information. Whether you type your notes in class, or write them in a notebook, try re-writing them again before test time. It is time consuming, but this trick will help engrain those notes in your memory! While you are re-writing your notes you are reviewing the class material and have the opportunity to reorganize and restructure the information to make more sense to you.

2. Make Your Own Study Guide

It’s always helpful to come up with your own way to remember things. One way to do that is to create your own study guide. Even if your professor provides you with one, you should take it and use it to make your own. Not only will this become a great reference tool for a quick study break, but it will also count as studying to make it!

3. Color Code Your Notes

Color-coding your notes is a great tool to help with memorization. You could have a different color for every topic, or you could color code based on importance. Either way, your brain is more likely to remember a fun color as opposed to just black ink. This works well if you need to remember how things are associated; just use the same color for things that are grouped together!

4. Eat A Good Meal

We have always been told to eat a good breakfast before a big test, and it’s true. A breakfast that has protein in it, like eggs and bacon, is a great way to curb hunger and help you to feel fuller longer. No one likes feeling hungry, especially during a big exam! You need to remain focused on the exam, not your rumbling stomach.

5. Get A Good Night’s Rest

We have also been told all our lives to get a good night’s sleep before a big exam. However, this can be tricky when you’re in college and you don’t have anyone telling you it’s time for bed. Don’t think you need to stay up late just to study. You can always start studying earlier in the day so you’ll be sure to get everything done before bedtime. Your exam performance will be much better with a well-rested body and mind.

These are only a few ways to prepare for an exam, try a few and see what works best for you! Share your midterm studying strategies with us in a comment below!

Good luck on midterms!

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Staying Academically & Professionally Oriented During Summer

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Summer is notorious for college students to “take a break” from school, chill out a little, and relax after having relatively high stress levels. But, sometimes we can get a little too laid back, not realizing that even though it’s summer, we still have homework. Yes, homework during the summer – and I’m not talking about summer school (but that does count too!). No matter if you’re a senior, freshman, junior, sophomore, or recently graduated – it’s crucial to always be focusing on the future of your academics and career, even when you are in need of a serious life-pause.

If you need a little inspiration on ways you can continue to work towards your life goals, here are some ideas:

1. Create A Vision Board

This is a strategy a lot of people in well-known positions use, including celebrities. Get a bulletin board and pin to it all the places you want to be able to go, all the things you would like to do, and pictures of what you want your life to look like. Every time you see it, you’ll feel that little spritz of motivation to keep focused and stay strong. It’s a good reminder that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

2. Find A Support Group

Since you’re on Twitter and Facebook most of the time anyway, put that time to good use and find social groups and accounts to follow that support 20-somethings trying to find their way. Type in a few keywords, such as “college,” “postgrad,” “motivation,” and you’re on your way. Not hooked into social media? Type those same words into Google to bring up a variety of local support group you can join for meetings. You can share your struggles and successes with each other, share resources, and network.

3. Make A List

Create a list of all the things you have accomplished thus far. It’s super easy to get stuck in that rut of negative thinking by focusing on all the things you have to do, things you haven’t done, and things you should have done by [insert age here]. Change this around and make a list once a week of things you’ve accomplished, no matter how small. Tried a new meal at a restaurant? Add it to the list. The little accomplishments will measure how well you’re progressing. In addition, whenever you catch yourself in the rut of that negative thinking, stop yourself and replace it with a hopeful, optimistic thought.

4. Work On A Portfolio

Depending on your major, a portfolio is a crucial piece to have on hand for interviews, or for handing over to a career advisor at your university. A second pair of eyes never hurts, and if you already have one going, add to it, update it, and keep it fresh. Taking a look at it periodically is another great reminder of what it is you’re working toward.

5. Interview Someone With Your Dream Job

Is there someone in particular you strive to be like? Reach out to interview them, find out how they got where they are, and draw your inspiration from your new muse. Can’t get there contact information? Look for someone who has a position similar. Make sure when you ask them about their job, you find out how they stayed motivated. It never hurts to gain new ideas.

Do you have any secrets for staying driven? Share them with us!

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Studying Secrets

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Studying isn’t anyone’s favorite part of college. It is tedious, boring, and the material can be lengthy and overwhelming. Especially at this point in the semester, it can be intimidating to suddenly see all you have learned and now having to remember it all at once for a test. It seems everything comes down to studying. That kind of pressure can make students nervous, but don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to make studying less boring and to help you focus.

1. Candy

We’ve all seen the pictures of using gummy bears to mark each paragraph of text read. Finish a paragraph, eat a gummy bear. Use whatever candy you want – you may just find yourself reading faster! But do not eat that candy until you have reached the check point!

2. Race Yourself

Are you competitive? Ask yourself how fast you can finish studying a certain part of the material, set a timer, and race to beat your time. This will help you break you studying into chunks instead of feeling overwhelmed by the big picture and this will also help you manage your time. Do remember that it is still important to cover all the material you need to though.

3. Location

Often times we choose to study in places that will most likely sabotage us rather than help us succeed. If you pick a spot like your room, where a computer and TV are easily accessible, you’ll be tempted to check Facebook, turn on your favorite show, or start having a conversation with your roommate. If you can, try to study where electronics and people won’t be a distraction.

4. Inspiration

Places like coffee shops and libraries can be a great source of motivation to get your work done. The people there tend to be on a mission to get something done. Maybe it’s the music that plays quietly in the background or maybe it’s the dim lighting creating a cozy environment. Whatever it is, order a mocha and treat yourself to a brownie when you’ve finished.

5. Study Buddy

If you have a friend in the same class, recruit them to help you study. You can quiz each other on terms, math problems, history trivia, and even share notes. To make it even more fun, promise each other a reward when it’s all over. Having something to look forward to will make you study faster. Just be wise with who you choose as a study partner – do not pick someone who you know will not take it as seriously and could be more of a distraction. Bonus: Also pick a prize for getting a good grade on the final test, such as a new outfit or video game.

Do you have any techniques that help you study better? Share them with us in the comments!

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