Books, Scantron and number two pencils—the dreaded items that signify only one thing… tests. Although, the mere thought of examinations may send some into frenzy, many students weren’t afraid to share their preparation process for the semester farewell tests.
“Definitely don’t wait until the last minute,” junior nursing major Araceli Ayala said.
The statement remained a mutual tip among the students. In this case, good things do not come to those who wait. Learners recommended getting an early start to reviewing.
“During finals I spend like two weeks studying straight,” junior pre-physical therapy major Jacy Mullins said.
When students begin in advance, it’s easier to squeeze small study sessions into a daily routine.
While getting an early start is not the latest news, students described their personal plan of action prior to final exam day.
For cumulative exams, “learn the new material first, and then review the old stuff,” junior nursing major Alma Bolger said. “Always stick to the review, but skim other stuff too.”
If professors take the time to create a review, most often they form questions from it, but prepare for anything.
Ayala recommends asking her elders.
“Usually a lot of older students will be kind and send you their old material from the class, so I’ll review that and then go back and create a blueprint how I think it should be done,” she said.
In addition to professors’ reviews, students recommended making flashcards, rewriting notes or strictly reading.
“Everybody studies different; just find what works for you,” Mullins said.
For students who prefer group study sessions, Bolger advises reviewing the material alone before a meeting.
Also, “keep study groups small,” Ayala said. Sessions tend to be more productive in groups of three to four people.
If a dorm is not the ideal study spot, the campus provides students with plenty of learning space. Townsend Memorial Library offers a quiet section on the second level and areas for group study on the first floor. Nursing majors like Ayala and Bolger prefer to study in the new nursing building.
“There is usually someone there who you can ask questions to,” Bolger said.
Commanding students to cease the stress may seem like an ideal study tip, but it’s easier said than done. Instead, here are a few suggestions to help learners tackle any upcoming tests.
- Don’t procrastinate
- Discover your study niche—flashcards, reading, study sessions
- Create a to-do list with study goals
- Find a suitable study spot
- Review previous exams, reviews and material
- Ask questions—professors, students, parents
- Snack for brain power
- Take productive breaks—exercise, clean, read
- Get plenty of rest
- Reward yourself
People have discovered their own preferences for studying, but it all comes down to preparing early. Mullins suggests students treat themselves after finals as compensation for hard work.
She said, “It will give you something fun to look forward to after weeks and weeks of stress and studying.”