Hi All, with finals looming ominously overhead I thought that I would write this week’s blogs with some of my best study tips. I have gleaned most of these from professors and others and they have worked really well for me, and I hope they will for you too.
Studying with classmates is a great way to strengthen the class material in your mind. However, be warned. If you are going to use study groups, make sure you have spent time studying in advance. Bring questions so you can discuss them with others, but the purpose is not to have your friends re-teach the stuff.
This seems obvious I know, but you would be surprised how many people fail to do it. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it actually serves to kickstart your brain, which is a good thing to do before taking a final. I suggest eating a lot of protein (meat, eggs, milk) to really get you going.
Prepare yourself in advance. Don’t be up all night the night before the test cramming, it won’t work. 2 hours studying the night before a test is not as good as spending 30 minutes studying for the four nights before the test. Plus, this way you can get a good night’s rest before and feel prepared to slam that stupid test.
This is my favorite thing to tell people. Any test day superstitions, or superstitions in general, work. If you have a special pair of socks or something wear them. It just gives you a little bit more peace of mind, even if it is unfounded. The picture attached is of my test shirt, yes, those are kittens, and they have never failed me.
Let’s face it, we all need study breaks. I can’t even sit down and study for more than about 2 hours at a time. So, during your study breaks make sure to work in some exercise. Exercise is the best way to relieve stress and clear your mind. Plus, Boulder has a ton of great places to go running, hiking, etc.
Until Next Time,