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Studying for exams
Studying for exams follows up to taking notes in class. A good way is to
highlight the important notes you have taken. Turn those into questions which
you should answer as a practice quiz. Don't forget to take breaks and watch
that those short 5-10 minute breaks don't run into long two hour breaks.
Study a little every day and make it fun. Do it with friends and order a
After about an hour of studying I take a 10-minute break. You need to take
a little break and relax, then go back to the books.
I like to study in the same location with a friend. About an hour into studying
I check up on my friend or he checks up on me. We do this to make sure our
minds don't wander. We take a 10 or 15-minute break and then continue studying
for another hour or so.
Get to know your TA's because they can give you good study techniques. My
art history TA gave me a study technique in which I used an outline to record
important information about each work of art. It helped me to study for the
quizzes and final.
I like rice krispies treats, so before I go off to study I make a batch of
treats and take them with me. After I've been studying for awhile I'll eat
After the first test you get an idea of what the instructor wants and so
you change your study habits to what you think the instructor will ask on
the following tests.
Talk to your professors regularly. Exploring verbally what you learned during
lectures helps you retain things.
Don't just memorize; understand key facts. Try to remember things as stories
to be retold, like the hottest gossip that you're going to repeat. A lot
of students study in groups, but I prefer to work on my own.
The best way to prepare for an exam is group study, because two heads are
better than one. Start studying at least three days before the exam. Also,
don't just memorize; that lasts only a few days and gives you limited knowledge.
You really have to sit down and understand the concept, formula, or theory.
I use note cards when studying for an exam.
I constantly quiz myself on the material and try to answer questions from
Since December 1999 - last modified: February 22, 2012