The end of the fall semester is looming. Exam time is almost here. To help get through the growing pile of assignments and studying our P.A.S.S. team have developed their best study tips.
Jacob Schlosser – PSYC 2021A
I think that breaks are important. An ideal break for me is going for a walk outside, spending time with friends/family or reading for leisure. While starting a new show on Netflix may be fun, the corresponding binge-watching will definitely not help with studying. Therefore, I try to avoid watching TV on breaks and instead do something that will leave me refreshed and ready to continue studying.
Matt – PASS Coordinator
The first thing I like to do is surround myself in an environment that is suitable for me. Everyone has their own personal preference, however, I enjoy the comfort of my home. I also make sure that the workspace that I'm using is clean and organized. I strongly believe that a cluttered workspace results in a cluttered thought process. Therefore, I actually have a superstitious routine of cleaning my room and desk before every study session.
Bipandeep Dhillon – KINE 3020
Before you begin your study session have something healthy to eat, like a light snack, and keep something on hand while you are studying. Don’t have a huge fatty meal where you are falling asleep as you study. When it comes to actually sitting down and going over the material I recommend breaking the information down into sections. You should really try to map out the concepts, so that you can see how the various levels to the concept relate to each other.
Michael Szendrei – PSYC 2021B
What always works for me is writing everything out by connecting what was said in class and the PowerPoint slides with the textbook chapters. Taking notes in class that are not explicitly in the PowerPoint, and that is salient information is most important. After you write down everything said in class and written on the PowerPoint slides with where it fits in the textbook chapter, you have one booklet type of notes on that specific unit. It helps keep track of all the information you need to know for that concept/chapter and hopefully at that point it will be stuck in your head!
Avital Shinder – KINE 2011
Create connections between the new concepts and previous concepts already learned such as concepts I am learning in other courses and everyday life.
Diagrams help understand the clear relationships between ideas and thoughts. Mind maps especially, simplify concepts and establish clear relationships. Start at a big concept and keep going smaller. You will find that it is hard to stop yourself from adding more and more.
Explain the concepts to someone that has no background knowledge in the material. If you understand it, you can explain it!
Rachel Kirkland – KINE 3020
How you organize your information is key when have limited time to study for all of your midterms and finals. Flashcards are a fabulous study method for crunch time.
They’re portable! Being able to carry the information around with you, without having to lug your books and textbooks as well, makes flashcards a convenient study tool.
Consistency is key! If you get in the habit of creating flashcards after each lecture that covers all the new material, not only will you be reviewing and understanding the information as you create the cards, but when you get to exam time, your study materials will be ready and waiting for you.
They stretch your brain! By formatting your flashcards in question-answer format, with a question you create for the information on one side and a detailed answer on the other, you have forced your brain to see the information in a different manner.
Andrei Nistor – PSYC 2021C
Try to space out work as much as possible. While procrastination is attractive, leaving a large paper for the last moment is inefficient and unnecessarily stressful. By breaking the work down into smaller chunks, you not only work more effectively by being able to choose the best time of the day to do your work, but you also come up with better ideas. It is often the case that when you revisit something you've already written, you see it with a new perspective, allowing you to fix up errors and improve on the ideas which have had a chance to simmer in your mind since they've been written.