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Check Out These Five Tips on Studying Effectively

  1. Don’t Procrastinate Don’t wait until the night before an exam to start studying! Distractions are sure to come up so it's important that you plan ahead and start studying early. Otherwise you may not have enough time to cover all the necessary material.

    Here are a few helpful hints on how to space out your studying:

    • Set goals for yourself. One of the best ways to get motivated is to focus on achieving specific goals.
    • Create a "To-Do" list in preparation for the exam. Check items off as you complete them. Seeing your progress live will help keep you motivated.
    • Schedule out times to study over an extended period of time. Stick to your schedule.

  2. Outline and Organize Course Material

    • Highlight all of the important topics and subtopics when reviewing textbook material and course notes.
    • Keep your notes organized by date.
    • Save everything! Keep all assignments and handouts, you never know when they’ll come in handy.

  3. Learn the Concept First, Details Second When studying a large amount of information, it’s easier to learn the details if you understand the underlying concept first. This technique is much more effective then trying to memorize your notes from beginning to end

  4. Use Helpful Tools and Techniques

    • Create charts, diagrams and lists of key vocabulary
    • Use flashcards (offered as a resource on Flashnotes)
    • Quiz yourself to determine what areas you need to focus on
    • Study in groups- multiple minds can sometimes be more effective then just one. Pull your resources together and maximize brainpower!

  5. Avoid Distractions

    • Study in a quiet area, such as the library or an open classroom.
    • Prevent distractions by keeping your cell phone out of reach and the TV shut off.
    • When using the Internet as a resource, stay away from all entertainment and social media websites.