Study Tips | Sarah
Hi it's me SARAH!
So my exams have
just ended (it was like...last month) and even though I'm probably not the best person to ask...*if you want to hear from the smart person here, go ask Ally*. I'm gonna share some study tips!! I'm also writing this for myself so I won't forget and so I can refer to this post for the next exam. Which of course has to be in two weeks time. T_T.
1) Don't cram!
I know most people probably study like crazy and try to cram everything the night before the exam but it probably won't be as effective compared to pacing yourself out and taking time to understand the subject. Start maybe 1 or 2 weeks before the exam and slowly start studying. For example, 2 weeks before the exam, study 2 pages a day then when it comes nearer to the exam date, study a chapter a day.
This is related to the first point and it's to make a schedule so that you won't find yourself not having enough time to finish studying. What I usually do is write down all the subjects I have to study along with the chapters and have little boxes to tick beside it so I know what and how much I need to study. After that, I get my planner and write the subjects I want to study on the specific day I want to study it. It's pretty confusing so I'll just put in a picture:
|I usually write everything but I hate my handwriting sooo.....|
3) Study SMART!
Just like what Miss Stressed-Out and Miss Old-Egocentric has said to the three of us before, STUDY SMART! Instead of memorizing the whole textbook *stares at Ally*, make points and your own notes.
If you're hardworking enough, you can make mind maps and charts or something. But the key to making notes is to make it COLOURFUL! Cause when you think about it; would you rather read something that's colourful or something that is all in the same colour? I mean it's fine to have it all the same colour but I personally prefer colour cause it makes me feel better when I'm studying for like 2 hours straight. :)
|Do you like my pen and sticky note collection?|
4) Study with friends
Why? Everything is better with friends! The more the merrier I guess? Studying with friends will probably prevent you from dozing off while studying which is what I do a lot XD. Plus you and your friends can share notes and help each other. Group study is something that the three of us have never really tried before (we did 'try' on Skype) but I think we should one day!
Just remember to study and don't talk about unrelated stuff the whole time. Which Beth and I are guilty for....
This problem will probably occur if you didn't follow step 2, which is plan. A lot of people claim not to have enough time; and the day before the exam, they'll burn the midnight oil (wow my English teacher will be so proud of me using that phrase. Miss Old-Egocentric, are you proud?).
But not only will it tire you out the next day, it's also really bad for your health. There are cases of students passing out during the exam and I feel bad for them cause they probably spent a lot of time studying for the exam but won't be able to sit for it in the end. So yeah...make sure you get plenty of sleep the day before!
Yeah I hope that helped you! And if it didn't I'm sorry!! I'm definitely not the smartest person ever but since I had some tips I thought I'd just help others! But all I know is that if you don't make any effort at all you probably won't do so well. SAD TRUTH :( Yeah but just think of it as; if you can endure studying for a while, you'll be happier when the exam ends. And if you don't do well don't worry there's always the next exam and all you have to do is work harder!
P.S: If you are confused as to who 'Miss Old-Egocentric' or 'Miss Stressed-Out' is, feel free to browse through the tabs above to learn more :).