Hey friends, Studying the night before a big exam can be a little overwhelming! The questions of What should I study? How long should I study? And How am I going to remember all of this? Are usually swirling around in my head. First things first, if you’re watching this and your test is two weeks away START STUDYING now. If you start studying a few days or even weeks in advance, studying the night before the test won’t be as stressful! But here are a few tips that I have learned that have helped me feel a little more in control while studying! First is to organize all the study materials that you will need! Get your pens, highlighters, notes, textbooks, study guides out and ready to go!After I have done this the first step that I do is to go through my study guide either the one your professor made or the one you made yourself and put check marks next to the information you know and feel confident on. All of the information that you have left unchecked that is what you want to focus on! After the first step I will then set a timer for 50 minutes or less, focusing on one topic that I am unsure of. During this time I will, usually go back to my textbook and notes and see if there is anything that I am missing that will clarify the topic.
Once I have done this I will then decide on how to best drill it into my head. If it is vocab that is getting me mixed up I will create flashcards and quiz myself, if it trying to understand a certain concept or theory I will create a mind map that will help me see how everything is connected. Once the timer is up I will then take a 5-10 minute break, grabbing a quick snack and then come back and repeat that step! If I was on a roll with the last topic I will continue studying it but if I am still feeling confused and a little burnt out I will move on to another topic and come back to the other one later! Once I have gone through all of the concepts that I was having difficulties with, I will then go through my study guide a few times as a whole. Adding notes, and annotating the study guide with anything that will help me.
You can refer to my study with me video on how I study with a study guide to see how I annotate and why I find it helpful! Once I have gone through everything and I feel pretty confident about the topics, I will then create a practice test that includes all terms and concepts on the study guide. I usually try and think about what the professor would ask.. You can either create your own test questions by using your notes and study guide or even taking questions from your textbook that are at the end of each chapter, or you can also create one online just by googling “create own practice test” you will find a lot of results! Another thing that I have found helpful and have talked about it previous videos is that I like “teaching” someone the material. What I mean is that I will have my study guide quickly glance at the main point and then try and explain what it is and its significance to someone (ie. Parents or boyfriend or even my cat) And then Last tip before I let you all leave! Keep your study guide with you throughout the day until the test! Glance at it at breakfast, lunch, breaks, while you’re walking to class… oh yes I have done that before.
And before I let you all leave, the most important tip that I can give you is to get a good night sleep! I know we all think that pulling an all-nighter is the answer but in reality it could make you do worse because your brain will be trying to function in “survival mode” try and get at least 8 hours of sleep. If you have to, try waking up earlier than normal. Oh wait one more little thing! At the end of the day your health is the most important.
Stress happens to all of us, but if you start studying ahead of time and keep up with work you’re more likely to reduce your stress levels when it comes to test time!! That is it for this weeks video, thank you all for watching, and I will see you all next time!.
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