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Finals Week: Preparing for Exam Day
It’s the last week of April, which means that exam week is right around the corner. Whether you have one exam or five, now is as good a time as any to get a head start on studying – you’ll thank yourself later. Everyone has their own way of prepping for exams, and usually they know what works best for them, but here are some additional suggestions that you may find helpful:
Don’t cram. Make time to study! The more opportunities that you allow yourself, the better. Start reviewing as soon as you can, so that you’re not trying to learn everything the night before.
Ask questions. Whether it be during class time, at a scheduled appointment, or via e-mail, if you have any questions about the material being covered, be sure to ask your professor about it! If something doesn’t make sense to you, seek clarification. TA’s (if applicable), tutors, and your peers are also there to help!
Complete the study guide. If your teacher provides you with one, take the time to do it. Usually, study guides help to direct you towards the main concepts that will be covered on the exam, so it’s definitely worth going over. If you don’t have a prepared study guide, then make one of your own! Just going over the material and putting things down in your own words will help you learn~
Review your notes. If it was mentioned during class, then it’s probably worth knowing. A lot of professors tend to highlight important bits of information during their lecture time – or they may even flag something as being likely to show up on an exam. Going over your notes is a lot easier than trying to reread an entire textbook.
Attend the review session. If there’s a review session, then make a point to try and go! Your teacher can answer any questions that you may have, and they can also explain any confusing material. Peers may ask questions that you never thought of, which can only help you in the long run.
Organize a group study session. If you’re better at studying with a friend, then make a plan to do so! Study groups are great because you have the opportunity to hear from your peers. You have access to their knowledge and notes, and you can help keep each other on track. Just know the difference between studying and socializing, and make sure to put your foot down if conversation gets too off topic.
Take breaks. Don’t overdo it! Studying is important, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. You don’t want to burn yourself out by trying to learn everything all at once, so make sure that you pace yourself.
Sleep. Get a good night’s rest, especially before exam day. Being well-rested can help you focus while you’re taking your finals.
Focus. While you’re studying, try to focus on one subject at a time, and keep your mind solely on studying. Don’t try and talk with a friend or browse Instagram while you’re studying; trying to juggle that may just hurt you in the end.
Allocate your time. Don’t try to study everything at once. If you have more than one exam to review for, then make sure you have some kind of break period before you jump subjects. Divide your work into manageable pieces.
Set a schedule. It can help to plan out your study time. Figure out what works best for you. Can you study for an hour straight or is a thirty-minute block more conducive to your learning? Figure out what time of the day you focus best and try to plan your studies during then.
Manage your study space. Set yourself up for success. When you’re studying, make sure your space is suited to it. Try not to study someplace that’s loud and full of distractions. If you have a hard time studying at home, why not try out the learning commons? Stay away from the TV, your computer (if possible), and find a place that you’ll be comfortable studying in.
Leeward Community College SAC Program
SAC Program - Substance Abuse Counseling
Challenging. Demanding. Rewarding.
Substance abuse counseling is a demanding, yet rewarding, field of human service that requires patience, compassion, a keen desire to help others, field-specific knowledge and skill, as well a good deal of psychological maturity.
In our Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate of Competence program, you’ll be offered opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required for Hawai‘i state certification. Leeward’s program fulfills the education requirement established for Hawai‘i state certification and satisfies a portion of the
experiential hour requirement.
In this part-time, two-year substance abuse counseling program, you’ll focus on developing both basic and intermediate-level knowledge and skills required of entry-level substance abuse counselors and work on developing a personal and professional maturity through a self-exploration process.
Final Words From Your Peer Mentor....
May you always see the future with an open heart and thankfulness....
Mahalo Nui Loa, Yvette Hamalian