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Helpful study tips

by Mary on March 6, 2017

in Academics

For me I have had different study habits each year that I have been a student in college because for me it is based on what classes I have at the time. I used very different study habits when I was in religion class freshman year as compared to sophomore year when I was in Chemistry class. It has also changed based on where I live. When I lived on campus in Medaille I studied mostly in my dorm room on the weekends when I had upcoming unit tests. I would also sometimes study up on the third floor of AB when I was preparing for a Chemistry test because I could bounce questions off of my classmates. So, if any science majors read this article I would suggest studying up on the third floor of AB with your fellow classmates. Sometimes last year in the evenings if I had a really big test coming up in one of my dietetics classes or chemistry, I would study at one of the big tables on the second floor of the library.  I also found this as a helpful space to study last semester for a few of my classes even as a commuter.

Another major tip that I was given my freshman year was, if you have a major test to study for you should turn off your phone while studying so that there are less distractions.  There were a few times last semester when I would work in the library and I found this very helpful as a way to be productive.  Some people are just so attached to their phones and it can be good to turn it off even if it is just for an hour, then you can turn it back on.  An additional helpful study tip that I can think of if you are studying for a large test is to take time to make study cards either online or in index cards right after you learn the vocabulary. This way you can start studying them right away and study a chunk of the cards at a time, so that you are not cramming at the last second.  I know I found this to be useful last semester when I was in biology because it is a course with a lot of vocabulary terms.

I hope everyone does well on their midterm exams or final exams if you have an eight week class that is ending and I hope these tips are helpful.

 

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Claire

study tips for midterms

by Claire on March 6, 2017

in Academics

Midterms. Halfway done with Spring ’17. With spring break just around the corner, midterms are in full-swing on campus. Some of my favorite study tips include:

  1. Make time to go outside and enjoy nature when it is nice out.
  2. Do your homework as early as possible and start studying a little bit each day for tests, so when it comes time for the night before a test, you aren’t cramming everything into one night.
  3. Stick to some vitamin C for your energy, not sugar drinks and coffee.
  4. But do take the time to relax and have some fun.
  5. Start on projects and papers early because everyone knows how there is that one day that every assignment seems to be due on.

Just take it day by day and soon enough midterms will be over and spring break will be here!! We are almost there Griffins, hold on tight!

xoxo.

Claire

 

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Yuri

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by Yuri on March 6, 2017

in Academics,Campus Community

Mid-Terms. The exams that we dread almost as much as Finals. When it comes to study, there are a few things that could be done in order to boost your concentration and your retention of he content that you are trying to memorize.

Tips:

  1. If you absolutely need background noise of some kind, try either instrumental music or try ambient noise (if your surroundings don’t currently have this: i.e. birds chirping, rain & thunder storms, etc.). Reason being that when you are listening to either instrumental music or ambient noise, you are more inclined to not become distracted. If your music has lyrics: you will more often than not sing along. Or at the very least hum the tune.
  2. If you need absolute silence: This maybe the most obvious, but go to a location that doesn’t have a lot of people making an abundance of noise.  I.e. Libraries, Griffin’s Nest (provided that there is no event/meeting going on up there)
  3. Finally, go outside: Enjoy the weather & soak up the sun. If there are no events going on, the Golden Meadow is a great place to be!

Until next time guys, stay classy!

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It may seem that you just unpacked all of your new clothes that you got from your parents at Christmas and reorganized your folders for second semester, but guess what!? You are already half-way through the term, and that can only mean one thing: Midterms! Although, midterms can lead some to a breakdown, mostly due to the lack of sleep, large amounts of coffee, and stress- please be rest assured that you can most certainly survive midterms, and get straight A’s! Here are some of my tips for the most productive study sessions:

1.) Don’t Cram. Do not wait until the night before your chemistry exam to open the book, keep your planner handy. Start to map out some forty minute study sessions through out the week before the exam.

2.) Skim. Sometimes, when we see the daunting list of things to know for the exam, we want to read the book cover to cover. However, reading every word can be a waste of time, instead, focus on main ideas, headings, footnotes, and the course syllabus. Make an outline for the chapters, that way you keep focused on the main topics.

3.) They say Silence is Golden: sometimes silence is golden, and sometimes it’s not. Know how you study best, if there is a review session provided by the professor, or a group of your classmates are meeting up to go over the subject- do not be to quick to say no. The extra minds might help you more than you think! However, if you aren’t attending a study session, find a quiet place where you can stay focused and uninterrupted.

4) Disconnect. You would be amazed to see how much you can accomplish when you are not checking your phone every five minutes. Shut down your technology to not be tempted to check twitter, or snapchat. Let your friends know that you won’t be responding for an hour or so, to limit distractions.

5.) Gift of a Break: Keep in mind that a 12-hour straight study session won’t do anything but make you crazy. Instead, break up your study sessions with ten minute breaks. Leave your study spot for a little bit, refill your water-bottle, or get some fresh air. The break may be just what you needed to clear your head and refocus.

These are my trips and tricks to help myself get the grade and I hope these help you too! Side note, I would just like to say that notecards are highly underrated. Notecards are my go to study technique for any quiz, or test. Do not be afraid to go back to the basics and find out what works best for you!

Happy Studying~Cecelia

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It’s Study Time!

by Anna March 3, 2017

Hi everyone, The semester is basically halfway through, and that means it’s a busy time of midterm tests, projects, and deadlines.  I’d like to share a few places I like to study, and a few techniques that work well for me.  If they help you out, great; but if you have something else that works […]

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Study Tips for Midterms

by Michelle March 1, 2017

Studying for midterms or finals can be overwhelming. It would obviously be ideal to start early, be organized, take diligent notes at every class to look over later. What if you are a procrastinator? In my experience, you could tell me until you are blue in the face how to study the ideal way. This […]

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Study Tips

by Patricia March 1, 2017

Because I have moved on campus, my study areas have changed. Before I moved to campus, I used to study in my bedroom. I have a computer on my desk, and I put my backpack next to it. Before I had night classes, I studied most on campus before I would go home. As of […]

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What Helps me Study and Focus

by Quinn March 8, 2016

Whether I am in the Library or in my dorm room, I will always try to make either the best study environment possible. First, I MUST be listening to music to be able to focus. Yet, I just can’t listen to any sort of music to study. I have a “Study” playlist on my iPhone that […]

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Do I See Winter Break on the Horizon?!

by Fontbonne University December 2, 2014

There is nothing more satisfying at the end of a semester than hearing Christmas music practically everywhere you go, shopping malls filled with door-buster discounts, food cooking away on the stove by your parents or grandparents, family coming together, snow falling on the ground, and being able to put your feet up! Why do I […]

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Finals are coming!

by Alumni Posts November 20, 2014

Yahoo~~!! The fall semester is almost coming to the end, it’s excited right? I can’t wait to go back home!!!! But before the semester ends, I know I need to have everything done and get a good grade to end my semester beautifully. So 3 more weeks to study hard!!! The best places that I […]

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