Ahh-It the end of the semester and our hard-fought battle with exams in order to save our GPA is finally over. You turn around from eating a Thanksgiving feast only to see that they have sent finals to try to sneak up on you! You have two weeks to knock out finals to salvage your grade and peace of mind. We’ve got you covered with the tools to win this battle.
Do: Study outside of the library!
When studying on campus your best bet is to find an empty classroom to study in. If you are anything like me, you like having your own space where you can do your work without being bothered! As long as someone walks by and sees that you are studying, they leave you to it! No crowded spaces, no noisy people, just you in a room to study
Don’t: Study in Thompson!
Expectation: Studying in a library will be quiet and peaceful.
Reality: Bodies plopped into chairs around tables like sardines in a building so packed that your elbow will fall in love with the elbow of the stranger next to you.
Do: Go to reviews
Attend any review session, go to office hours, and rewrite notes! Forming study groups with friends in the class is also a great idea! Just don’t get accused of cheating. You may feel stupid asking questions in office hours, but I promise you won’t feel stupid when kick that exam’s ass!
Don’t: Only read the book and expect to pass!
Expectation: A $200+ book required for my class is sure to have all of the answers to my problems!
Reality: You are lucky if the book is opened once by your professor and most questions are based on lecture knowledge, so the book is only to reference the few parts that are actually used.
Do: Create your own study guide with other students in the class
Use Google Docs to create study guides for/with the entire class. This is the best way to study for any exam because if you create a Google Doc and invite every member of the class to edit, you end up getting a study guide made of the knowledge of everyone in the class which makes the workload of one person finding all the answers 10 times easier! Work smarter, not harder. Also, make sure your professor is cool with this before you get put on academic probation.
Don’t: Just look over the class slides or notes!
Expectation: If I look over the notes, I will remember everything and be fine.
Reality: My notes are more cartoon drawings of my professor than it is words.
Do: Plan out your study times
Making a plan will make sure that you don’t fall behind. Studying wise, it is better to spend a few hours a day rather than spending a lot of hours in one day. Your brain needs time to breathe!
Don’t: Wait until the last minute
Expectation: If I start studying at 6 p.m. the day before and stay up until 3 a.m., I’ll pass for sure.
Reality: You overslept and missed your 8 a.m. exam, not to mention you still can’t remember what the hell an Azimuthal Quantum Number is.