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Cramming is stressful and often requires several straight hours of studying, which is not good for your well-being. It's also an ineffective method for committing information to memory. You should review your notes daily, have a study session at least weekly, and review practice tests before an exam.
Study Tip: If you're heading off to college know that adjusting to college life takes time for everyone. You're going to go through FIVE PHASES OF COLLEGE ADJUSTMENT: You may experience some or all of the following phases: • Phase 1: Fascination with the new environment • Phase 2: Severe homesickness • Phase 3: Finding fault with new surroundings; building stereotypes • Phase 4: Finding humor in your adjustment • Phase 5: Embracing the new culture; it becomes your “normal” environment
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➡️ Do all the required reading leading up to your exam. Do not skim through literature. Trust that every element and every word is there for a reason ➡️ Outline the overall structure of the text (e.g., climax, rising and falling action) ➡️ Be sure to know the date the literature was written and some historical and cultural context of the time period ➡️ Make a list of characters—the protagonist, antagonist, etc. Get the Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks QuickStudy for more study tips.
Taking frequent short breaks while studying improves overall stamina, provides time for your brain to rest and process, and is good for your body ➡ Set a timer to notify you to take a 5-minute break every 30 minutes ➡ Try stretches or yoga poses that can be done while standing or seated ➡ Close your eyes and take one minute of full, deep breaths with your hands on your abdomen ➡ Go for a brisk 10-minute walk outside. Get the QuickStudy "Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks" guide for more info.
• Take handwritten notes during class; studies suggest that handwritten notes stimulate the brain more than typed notes • Be on time. Get yourself settled, organized, and ready to take notes • Silence your phone. Turn off any other notification functions on electronic devices • Use a different notebook for each subject. If you have a large notebook or binder with dividers, use a different section for each subject Get the QuickStudy Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks guide for more study tips.
You should make a plan for support during the semester because sometimes you just need a boost from someone or something else. – What resources do you have available for support? – Who do you have to turn to for support, whether academic or personal? Friends? Study groups? Family? A campus counselor? Reach out to people around you at the beginning to form bonds with others who are going through the same thing. – Do I have a strategic plan for when I feel overwhelmed or stressed out?
Depending on your personality, learning style, and the topic you are studying, some study aids may be more appropriate than others. Use trial and error to see what works for you. • Put technology to use - Audio record lectures. Make sure you have the teacher’s permission to do this - Listen to recorded lectures at twice the speed - Download apps such as Quizlet and Flashcards+ - Watch online learning videos on the topic you’re studying Get the QuickStudy Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks guide.
Cramming is stressful, both physically and mentally. Procrastination is also stressful, and if you’re cramming, you have probably been procrastinating • Cramming likely requires several hours straight of studying, possibly without sleep, proper meals, and exercise breaks. - This is fatiguing both physically and mentally • It is ineffective for committing information to memory Learn more great study tips with the Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks QuickStudy guide.
Practice makes perfect. Take practice tests throughout the semester and while you prepare for exams. This will help you feel more confident and calm on the day of the test. Learn more great study tips with the QuickStudy Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks guide.
The key to not feeling overwhelmed is to stay on top of your homework. • Make sure to review your material at home after class. • Don't wait for the last minute to study. Cram sessions are proven to not help you retain info. • Find a study group or create your own with students in your class. There is power in numbers! To find more great study tips, get the QuickStudy Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks guide.
Your study environment is key to productive study time. • It is important to have an appropriate environment for your study routine: – The area should be clean, bright, and clear of clutter. Cluttered spaces create a cluttered mind – The temperature shouldn’t fluctuate much – There should be enough space to lay out your notes – Limit distractions – Have everything you’ll need nearby – Avoid studying in bed. Learn more study tips with the Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks QuickStudy guide.
Keep information fresh and solidify learning with reviews. Both a daily review of each class and a weekly review of the most recent topic is helpful to commit information to long-term memory. Learn more with the Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks QuickStudy guide.
Study Tip: The key to getting ahead is getting started. It is important to create general habits that will keep you on track all semester. The habits you put in place on day one are key. To learn more study tips, get the QuickStudy Studying Tips, Tricks & Hacks laminated reference guide.
Study Tip: Balancing work and school means keeping school your top priority. Without education you might get stuck in a low-paying job. Your time is valuable and you must manage it well; however tired you might be after school and work you must make time to study. To see more study tips, download our free Keys to Elementary, High School, and Middle School Success.