How to study?
Preparing for exams is probably not your favourite way of spending your valuable time. Though studying and taking exams are an important part of your new student lifestyle. Knowing how to study is something you will learn along the way during your college career. Some student love to listen to music when studying, others study best in complete silence, yet others like to prepare their exams together with other students. Everyone has its own method of studying and you’ll have to find out what works best for you. Here, on Students.net we will give you some general take aways to prepare for your exams and on how to study.
- Read the compulsory literature.
- Summarize the literature in your own words and see if you understand what you have written down. Also, it helps to draw figures and tables to have a schematic overview of the text.
- Take notes during class. Teachers will usually teach you the things they find most important and will most likely base the exams on these matters. If you don’t manage to read all the compulsory literature before class or even before the actual preparation of the exam, read at least the topics that are covered during the classes!
- Repetition. We can’t say this enough, but repeating, rereading and revising your notes is really the best way to study. At the end you will even need less time to prepare for exams, since you are already familiar with the material.
- Practice test exams. If you are having access to previous exams or the teacher provides you test exams, try making these within the time that is stated for the exam. Saves you from getting into trouble with the time and (!) it gives you a good indication of what questions to expect.
- Rest. Research has show that your brain is able to process information for 45 minutes without needing a break. After 45 minutes your processing ability will be less and it’s advisable to take a small break of +- 15 minutes.
- Socialize. Locking yourself up into your room might work for some. But generally stated you study best when you are relaxed and feel comfortable. After a long day of studying, reward yourself by going out for a nice dinner or meet up with friends. The next day you will have positive energy to continue your studying.
- Sleep. You will study more effective when you have had a good night sleep. Saves you a lot of time. Also, sleep well the day before the exam, you’ll be more alert.
- Brainfood. This is not something you eat one day and the next day it works. Constant consumption of these kinds of food is required for good brain functioning. The brain needs glucose, glucose is obtained from carbohydrates (fruit, cereals, whole grains etc.). More on food you can find in the ‘Student health’ section.
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