STUDY TIPS from the TESTING CENTER
Eat well, sleep well, test well! When studying for mid-terms or finals, some of us tend to forget our basic needs. We spend as much time as we can in our books, eating on the go and pulling all-nighters. Having a good life balance is crucial to college success. Don’t forget to eat healthy and get enough sleep! Sleep helps you consolidate your long-term memory (where you store your knowledge) and a full belly helps you focus on course content, not on your rambling stomach. Visit http://studentrecipes.com/ for quick, easy meals and http://psychcentral.com/lib/12-ways-to-shut-off-your-brain-before-bedtime/0006577 for tips on how to fall asleep easily!
Become the teacher! Pair up with a friend from your class and discuss the subject matter. Try to explain concepts to each other. If you can explain course content to a friend, chances are you master it. If you realize you can’t quite get it right, meet with meet with your instructor and have it explained to you again before your exam.
Take breaks! Your brain cannot stay focused on a task for long periods of time. If you work on the same task for too many hours, your productivity will decrease. Take short breaks after 25-30 minutes of work to stay focused! For more tips, read about the Pomodoro technique: www.52weeksofhabits.com/2013/08/20/pomodoro-the-ultimate-work-habit/
Make a plan! Compile all the deadlines from all of your classes and enter them in your planner. Plan ahead and write notes for when to start working on a paper or project, or study for an exam. This will help you avoid cramming at the last minute!
Get involved! Learning is an active process. Participate in your classes and you will realize that you retain a lot more information. A few ways to get involved: