For spring break in the seventh grade, I went on a ski trip to Kicking Horse with my family. This meant six Chans, crammed into a Toyota minivan for over eight hours. It took less than two hours for queries of “are we there yet?” to begin. And each time, my dad would quip “we’re halfway there!”.
You can see how that might drive my twelve-year-old self up the wall.
“but you said that half an hour ago”
Anecdotes aside, this post was meant to be a friendly reminder that we’re nearly halfway through exam season. If you’re lucky, you’re less than a week away from finishing! Yay!
This makes me feel better already
chemistry will be the death of me.
I’m a little late to the advice-giving bandwagon, but here… you… go!
Prioritize: What’s your most important class? Which exam comes first? What are you best at, and what are you worst at? What exam can you cram for? Unfortunately, the answer to the last question is almost always a resounding NONE.
Make a plan: What do you need to do to study for your exams? Do you need to make cue cards, go over lecture notes, or do textbook problems? How much of your precious studying time will each method take? Each exam has a different format, so tailor your studying to match it!
As you can see, I have made a comprehensive list of what I have to study for and how I’m going to do it. You can also see that I have not cleaned my desk. Bad Courtney.
Prepare: Find and use all the resources you can! Go to Vista or Connect and look for practice questions, or dig through all those emails to find those darn handouts you’d forgotten about. Don’t forget to take advantage of office hours, your prof’s email, and all your classmates too 😉
Do it! For a distraction-free environment, clear your desk and your computer desktop. Set up Songza to play lyric-free music. And honestly? I wouldn’t worry about making breaks for yourself, if you’re a procrastinator. Once you’re in the flow of studying, it doesn’t really make sense to stop and give yourself a chance to procrastinate more. When you find yourself getting tired of studying, then it’s time to take a break!
Best of luck with your exams!
I hope that you’re all happy and content after the long weekend, and that you’ve counted your thanks. I know I am and have 😀 I also happen to be sporting a healthy food baby. Mmm, stuffing; the best part of the meal. At times like these, I’m glad to be living at home.
I was hoping to post a picture of the turkey yesterday, but I got caught up with
procrastinating studying chemistry. Chemistry, why must you be so confusing?
So here instead is a summary of my long weekend. Also, Kim’s.
Someone please, teach me how to study efficiently 🙁