Mid-Semester Study Reminders

Posted on October 26, 2011 by


It’s the middle of the semester and we all know that means professors are piling up the papers and midterm exams. While the couple weeks in the middle/end of October are stressful, there are ways to eliminate stress. This takes planning and preparation but the end results are worth it. According to an article in the Chicago tribune, Anne Crossman, a San Francisco educator, lays out a couple helpful guidelines to keep in mind during the preparation process:

1. Learn to manage time.

On the book’s website, there’s a free time map under the students tab. Each student learns best in a certain way. Find out what it is. Do you learn best right after school? Then block that time for studying. Safeguard that. Others need a break for an hour after school, to veg. Be careful with that, or it can become an hour and a half, then longer, then it’s late and you’re tired and panicking. studysmartstudyless.com

2. Eliminate distractions.

Make your environment efficient. Don’t allow distractions, such as keeping your phone on. Refrain from opening favorite browser tabs or logging onto social networks. Turn off television and music. Your brain works faster if it doesn’t have to (subconsciously) block noise or images. Students think listening to music helps them study, but it actually helps pass the time, making it seem like they’ve studied quickly when they’ve actually been sitting there longer they should have, lulled by the tunes. Choose your environment and set it up wisely. Don’t study on your bed. Your brain is programmed for sleeping and relaxing there.

3. Review notes & rewrite if necessary.

After class, go to a quiet place as soon as possible. Rewrite your notes. Structure them in a way that makes sense to you.

4. Play the Twisted Twister game.

Use this with one subject at a time. Get colored index cards, and pick two different colors, such as green and orange. On a green card, write the vocabulary word, history date, or chemistry compound you’re trying to learn. On an orange card, write its answer. Do this for 24 facts. Place them on the floor randomly. Put your foot on a green card. Then look for its match, and put your other foot on it. Hold that pose as you put one hand on another green card, and look for its match. Place your other hand on it. Leave your hands in place as you pick a new pair for your feet, and so on.

5. Avoid cramming.

Studied all night” may mean they opened the book and stared at it. If you just read the page, you think you’ll remember it. But few of us learn that way, especially in high school. Instead, engage with the material. The more active you are with it, the greater chance of learning and retrieving it.

While for most these steps aren’t new, it’s a nice refresher. We all get caught up in life; between work, school and our social lives, it’s hard to manage our time. However, with a little time management and execution of these 5 simple steps, success is achievable.

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