Studying is an on-going process and therefore “crunch time” should not be any different from your normal study schedule. A normal study schedule should included two hours of study time for each 1 hour of class time. The study time should be used wisely by planning; always read or study the information for the class prior to class and write essential questions that arise as you read, once in class be sure to listen carefully to the lecture and the information provided to determine if your questions are answered if so great, if not do not leave the classroom without getting them answered to your satisfaction, after the class and before the next session re-read, and re-write notes that incorporate both text and lecture information. Follow this pattern for each class and when an exam arises, there should be no confusion about the information.
Organize your time wisely
Be as organized as you can. Review notes. Make outlines. Create your own mini-exam. Work with a partner or small group. Be sure to check the course syllabus so that you know that you’re studying exactly what will be tested. It will also help you to plan regular breaks in between big chunks of studying–go outside, eat high-energy food, stretch. Be sure to plan for sleep, too. The brain doesn’t work with you when it’s tired. Maybe pray a little!
Read the assigned text and highlight important points. Then summarize the highlighted material in each section on a Post-it note and stick it to the page. Summarizing the information in your own language will help you to understand and remember wordy text.
Making flashcards is the best way memorize information. Write terms or questions on one side and an explanation on the other. Then quiz yourself, being sure to occasionally shuffle the cards to make sure you aren’t just memorizing the order. Keep these cards with you all week so you can flick through them during workouts or downtime.
Visit your professor. As scary as it seems, professors and TAs are often more approachable than you think. They can answer questions and fill you in on lectures you may have missed (or dozed through). Have your questions prepared before you go so you don’t waste their time.
Don’t study in your room!
Creating a study guide will help you. This is your checklist for what you need to know and it will help you gauge your progress over the next week. Write down the important points, terms, formulas and major concepts you know will appear on the test and cross-reference these with where they’re mentioned in your textbook or notes.
Study groups can benefit everyone. Get together with other students in your class and talk through the information you don’t understand. Explaining concepts to each other will help the info sink in and it isn’t as intimidating as asking a professor or TA. Be smart when choosing a study group and avoid all-friend study cells. They can easily turn into all-night social sessions.
Read through your class notes and summarize them on a separate sheet of paper. Many of us take notes using choppy phrases, which can be easily overlooked while skimming a notebook during a study session.
Create spider diagrams of major concepts with lines connecting to related terms or information. You can also make a storyboard or timeline for historical data and scientific processes. Putting the facts in a drawing will help you visualize and retain the information.
I try not to wait until the last minute to start studying but sometimes it is just inevitable! I like going somewhere quiet (library) drinking coffee and trying to focus as much as I possibly can.
Strategies to studying depends on the type of material, subject matter and test format. If you are studying chapters in a textbook and your notes from the lecture, then you need to re-write your notes and outline the chapter. Make sure you memorize key terms and vocabulary.
If a teacher or professor provides a review of the test, you can also study by quizzing yourself over the answers. Use a friend to make sure you’re getting the correct answers.
The key is to NOT procrastinate until the night before. You may remember the material for the test, but you aren’t actually learning the material, which will make later tests more difficult.
If you are studying effectively all along, then you should not feel the pressure of crunch time!
Plan your semester out according to the syllabus that is given to you at the beginning of the semester. If you organize your assignments, plan your study time and remain motivated, you should have no worries when exam time arrives!
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This answer is easy (if not always popular) — don’t create a ‘crunch-time’. More often than not, I hear students comment on the pace of college studies more than the difficulty of content. College courses can move really fast compared to high school. So avoid crunch times by keeping up, by being consistent in doing your reading, studying, and writing. Procrastination can become much more than an irritant in college; it can academically do you in!
Hopefully, you’ve been studying throughout the semester. If that’s the case, your studying is really reviewing class notes, outlines, returned papers and tests. You might spend an evening with a classmate who you really trust and brainstorm questions for that particular midterm or final. Then you can each draft responses and share them. (Keep study groups small to maximize productivity and minimize distractions.) Of course, if a subject that you’ve learned in class remains unclear, see a professor or teaching assistant.
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A student I work with has never pulled an “all-niter,” and most would probably say how is that possible? Scheduling sleep is paramount in getting quality study time instead of trying to beat the clock to cram it all in. By working on assignments or study concepts on a daily or weekly basis each student can then ensure they have sleep time in the weeks before deadlines. The student I am working with also has a full time job and often goes to her car to sleep on her lunch hour before she has to start the rest of her day.
All depends what you’re studying for, whether it’s a test, a final exam, an SAT. Group studying works well in many cases, or maybe you should just study alone and get quizzed by a family member. Too many variables to give a precise answer.
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