STUDY TIP #1: Plot it out
Buy a day planner and input all of your deadlines at the beginning of the semester. Profs are required to distribute course outlines for all classes and they will always include a complete list of deadline dates. By prioritizing those dates early on, you’ll save yourself in the end. Trust us.
FLARE.com tip: You know those big dorky laminated calendars with dry erase markers? There’s actually nothing dorky about them – they’re lifesavers! Having your deadlines up on the wall may seem daunting, but out of sight means out of mind, which often leads to out of time.
STUDY TIP #2: Break it down
Sure, your course outlines will include due dates, but you can take those deadlines one step further by setting personal goals. For instance, if an essay is due on Friday, then set your own deadlines throughout the week – plan to complete the outline by Monday night, have a rough draft done by Wednesday evening, and a final edit typed by Friday. Time management is essential!
STUDY TIP #3: Go to class
Sounds basic – no doubt, but going to class is essential and with note taking services, online lectures, and trusty textbooks at your disposal, it’s easy to find an excuse not to rouse from your bed and get yourself there in time. There is, however, no better learning tool. Being in the classroom setting helps alleviate distractions and if you don’t understand the material, all you need to do is raise your hand. After all, you are paying for the answers.
STUDY TIP #4: Summarize, summarize, then summarize some more
With final exams often covering a full semester’s work, information overload may start to set in. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, take your class notes and summarize them into study notes which cover only the key points. Then, summarize those points into key words. Even take the process one step further by creating acronyms for your key words. In breaking down the information, you’re actually storing it, and those key words will trigger all lies within.
STUDY TIP #5: Speak up
Remember when your grade five teacher told you to repeat a word out loud three times to embed it in your mind? Well there’s something to be said for the technique. It’s actually called recitation or verbalization and it helps information go from short-term to permanent memory. Kinda cool, eh? Just remember, practicing this technique may not be welcomed in the library, so please stick to the confines of your dorm room!