Studying for exams can be very stressful if kept to the last minute. I:ve noticed that all of my classes seem to have exams all around the same time too, making it even more difficult to study for them all. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the material you have to know. Adjusting to a self disciplined way of studying in college can seem daunting at times, but here are some study tips to help you make it a little easier.
Here are 5 studying tips for your next exam:
Write all of your exams dates down immediately after they are given to you.
I write all of my exam dates in 3 places- my weekly calendar, my cell phone calendar, and homework planner. This way, I know no exam date will slip by under the radar.
Declutter your desk.
Having a cluttered desk can be very distracting when you need to focus. Having anything from makeup to food to other assignments can take away from efficiently learning the material you’re studying. Take away all unnecessary objects from your desk and give yourself plenty of space to spread out your work.
Turn your phone off.
We are all guilty of looking at our phone more often than studying. Looking at your notifications while at your desk takes your focus away from the task at hand. I know first hand how easy it is to get caught up with things on my phone and before I know it, I wasted 30 mins of time I could have used to study.
Make a Study plan.
I try to make a plan for myself. I write down all of the things I need to do before an exam like- read the material, do practice problems for each chapter, and make flashcards. Space these out by explicitly writing down what you are going to accomplish for each day. Something I like to do for this is write down that I will study for 20 mins for X number of intervals. I find that breaking up my studying makes me work harder during those 20 minute intervals.
Light a candle.
Or if your in a dorm like me, get your favorite incense. At home, I would always light my favorite candle (Apple Cider) when study for a big exam. Something about it always calmed me down and made me more focused. Here at school, I keep on my desk a fragrant, organic bar of soap my grandmother sent me for my birthday. The soap is made from eucalyptus and lavender, so it is very calming and refreshing.
What are your tips for studying for exams?