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Strategies to get that A!

by Cecelia on March 6, 2017

in Academics

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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