In high school, I never had to study much. Teachers baby fed us and gave us all the information on the test. I was only forced to memorize about ten definitions and didn’t have to memorize the true concepts behind things such as definitions. I could memorize one word in the definition that would match with the actual word and be good to go. Thirty minutes of studying for a test would allow me to easily pass the test and make an easy A!
In college, studying is a whole different story. To pass a test you have to study for at least 2 hours. To make a B on the test you better study at least 4 and to make an A you have to study at least 5+ hours. This is a huge shock when you come to college. This wasnt as big of a surprise for me because I had older sisters who told me I was going to have to put in the hours, but I still hate having to spend so much time on one subject.
Here are some, I think are helpful when studying for an exam!
First off, you need to have time management. You are going to have to say no to stuff you really want to go to. If you are debating on whether or not to go somewhere, think that school is your future and that however you do in school determines what type of job you have. School is more important than partying for one night! Party once you have finished the test and know you excelled on it! DO NOT START STUDYING THE NIGHT BEFORE…BEGIN EARLY AND BREAK UP YOUR STUDYING!!!
Secondly, you need to get enough sleep. This ties in with number one, but still needs to be its own tip. Some people think it is cool to pull an “all nighter” of studying before a big exam. This is one of the worst things you can do. Not getting enough sleep makes your mind not function properly. Just think when you are hanging out on the weekend with your friends and y’all are staying up late talking and y’all start laughing for no reason! This is because your brain is not functioning properly and is tired. This is the exact same thing that is happening when you take an exam totally blank out.
Thirdly, it is always good to study with people. When you study with people you will learn things that you would never learn by yourself. When you are studying by yourself you only get one perspective on how to approach problems. When you study with someone or with a group you get many perspectives, which can help you have a broader mindset when approaching problems. It also helps to study with people because you realize how much you actually know. If you are unable to explain a problem to someone, then in reality you do not know the material well enough. Quizzing and helping each other can make you be very successful on test.
These are some tips I use! Hope they help! We have a test next Wednesday! I VOTE YOU START STUDYING NOW!