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Ace Your Next Exam with These Seven Study Tips


Posted on June 20, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

While it’s important to study hard in college, it’s also essential to study smart. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by your workload, especially when exams are looming, but using these studying strategies can help you to get good grades and ace your tests.

Set yourself up for success with these seven studying tips: 

1.      Learn to Take Good Notes

Good notetaking is a skill that doesn’t come naturally, but finding a strategy that works for you is essential to a successful college career.

Unlike high school teachers, who may have handed out class notes, most college professors only provide information from lectures. The trick is to jot down or type the main ideas and connect those concepts back to your homework, reading or class activities.

Always review your notes within 24 hours to make sure that you understand the material. If you have any questions, reach out to your professor during office hours.

2.      Block Out Designated Study Time

College students juggle classes, extracurricular activities, homework and internships, which makes it difficult to squeeze in enough study time. If you have an exam coming up, keep a calendar with all of your commitments blocked out, including designated study time. That way you give yourself enough time to review your class material and ace your exam. 

3.      Pull the Plug on Technology

The internet is both a wealth of information and a wealth of distraction. When you’re studying for an exam, limit the amount of time you spend online or set boundaries for yourself. This may be tricky, since many students rely on the internet to access homework and class materials, but do your best to avoid sites like Facebook or Twitter when you’re studying.

While there are plenty of distractions on the internet, there are also a slew of apps to enhance your organization and productivity. You can learn more on this here

4.     Don’t Wait Until the Night Before

Pulling an all-nighter is rarely a good idea. Cramming for an exam will only stress you out and exhaust your mental energy. Plus you’re less likely to remember what you learned once exam time rolls around.

Instead, give yourself enough time to review the material in increments. You’ll be more likely to recall what you’ve learned and apply it during the test.

5.      Avoid Overstudying

This might seem counterintuitive at first, but it’s important that you study key ideas discussed in class, readings and notes and avoid absorbing extraneous information. You don’t want to do more work than you have to, so it’s important to be strategic about how you study and what you study. 

6.      Take Study Breaks

About every hour, take a 10- or 15-minute study break away from your desk. Whether you grab a snack, listen to music or do some yoga poses, taking study breaks will keep your energy up and stress level down.

7.      Find the Right Study Environment

Some students like studying in a quiet room in the library. Others concentrate better in coffee shops or their dorm lounge where there’s more activity going on. Try a few different studying environments and find one that works best for you.

Best of luck with your exams! With the study tips we’ve provided above, you’re sure to knock it out of the park. Practicing good study habits will help you throughout college and can help to prepare you for a successful career.

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