Posted by Jordan Ollee on
Friday, October 12, 2012
It is now the fifth week of fall quarter and things are picking up. You are finally getting used to waking up early to make it on time for your 7:45 a.m. class, finding time to eat, sleep, and do homework, and settling into your group of friends. Now, it is test time and midterms are approaching. If you thought reading your textbook was optional or have been holding off on studying till later, here are a few things I have learned over the last three years:
- Study sooner rather than later. Rather than cramming the night before until 2 a.m., studying over a couple days will offer you a better result; not only are you trying to force four weeks of information into your memory within a couple of hours, but also are not getting enough sleep. Plan out a schedule with an hour or two each day to study for each class. This also gives you time to talk to your professors or classmates about concepts you do not understand, ahead of time.
- Use your resources. Take advantage of multiple resources available to you. Professors have office hours for students to stop by or are available by email to answer questions. Study with a group of friends or classmates to get different perspectives on concepts. There is also the Writing Center for midterm papers and the Math Lab. Be proactive.
- Create a study routine.Who can study without a great snack, caffeine, and a study playlist? I collect my favorite snacks, candy, Chai tea, and my study playlist and head to library’s study spaces on the 4th through 6th floor. Find your “study space” whether that is the library, study rooms in the Pavilion, Residence Halls, or any other space around campus. Separating yourself from your room and/or distractions, such as disconnecting the Wi-Fi from your computer, might just be the routine you need.
- Don’t forget to buy a scantron.Scantrons are used for tests, midterms, and finals throughout the university. If you need one, do not rely on your teacher or fellow classmate to have an extra; plan ahead. The bookstore is not open on Sundays and opens at 8:30 a.m. on the weekdays; I learned the hard way that if you have a 7:45 a.m. class, the bookstore will not be open to quickly stop by and pick one up.
- Give yourself credit. If you are a freshman, it is your first year and you are still transitioning. Give yourself credit for how well you have done so far. Trust that the results will reflect the effort you put in.
Jordan Ollée (New Student Mentor)