For many, springtime means lots of flowers, playing outdoors and soaking in the sun that seemed to go missing this winter. For college students, however, spring means one thing: Exams. In April, campuses across the nation seem to grow eerily silent and empty. Students are now spending every moment of free time in the library or in their dorms working on that paper worth half their grade, or trying to remember those tiny anecdotes their professors promised would be on the exam at the beginning of the semester.
When every class is demanding you study 20 hours a day to pass the exam, sometimes the best thing to do is cry it out. Let out all the stress and anger, clearing your head to actually prepare. Go ahead, let those tears flow. We can wait.
Okay, with that part out of the way, it’s time to jump headfirst into full study mode. Here are five tips to optimize your study time:
Get Away from the Norm
It may seem like the best method would be to find your cozy spot in the library or curl up on your favorite sofa in the dorm common area to study. However, this can often create somewhat of a “memory overload.” Your memory is heavily tied to location. That means if you study every subject in the same spot, it’s harder to recall individual details for each subject. With this in mind, if you study biology in the student center, then history in the library and finally macroeconomics in your dorm, you have a much better chance at remembering your study points for each.
Don’t Go At It Alone
For many, studying at a desk with no distractions is best. But for others, talking through the material is the best way to retain it. Getting a group together, even if it’s just a couple people, can be highly beneficial when it comes time to study for finals. Not only are you able to talk things out, but you can also ask for help with material you don’t understand. Just don’t fall into the trap of taking 30-minute “breaks” that can quickly become a wasted night of chit-chat instead of studying.
Don’t Neglect Sleep
Yes, college is often defined by all-nighters. In fact, many take pride in how many times they’ve stayed up all night, whether to study or for other reasons. But here’s the thing: Those who tend to stay up later often have lower GPAs. If you can help it, never sacrifice the 7 to 8 hours of sleep you should get each night, especially during exam season. If you have to cut out some social obligations, so be it. Your GPA will thank you.
Get to Class
High school was a time where your parents forced you to get up before dawn and get to school, whether you liked it or not. College suddenly breaks those chains. Have an 8 a.m. class? You can sleep through it. And that 4:30 p.m. lab on Friday? Forget about it! Except don’t. Most of your professors are teaching because they love seeing their students learn. They, or the TA, can help you get through any material you don’t understand. It’s best to figure out what you don’t know a few months before the final rather than email your professor at 3 a.m. the morning of because you realized you missed crucial information in class.
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