FINAL Exams 2017
The Academic Support Center
YOU'VE GOT THIS!
You've been working hard all semester. Give yourself time, get organized, and review a little bit each day. Teachers, Advisors, and Student Support Services are here to help you prepare. Please let any of us know if you would like help creating a study plan, improving study strategies, or reviewing test-taking skills.
CREATE A PRODUCTIVE STUDY ENVIRONMENT
- Use a regular study area. Your body knows where you are. When you use the same place to study, day after day, your body becomes trained. When you arrive at that particular place, it will automatically sense that it's time to study. You will focus your concentration more quickly.
- Don't get too comfortable. Put yourself into a situation where your mind is alert.
- Use the library. Libraries are designed for learning. Entering a library is a signal to your body to quiet the mind and get to work. Most students can get more done in a shorter time at the library.
- Set up study groups. A study group doesn't take the place of individual study, but it forces you to articulate concepts and makes a review more fun and productive. Also, it helps keep your review on schedule and helps you to avoid procrastination.
Retrieved from http://slc.berkeley.edu/study-and-success-strategies
- Distribute your practice - identify your goals and do a little bit each day - no cramming!
- Rotate subjects - for example, spend 45 minutes on Physics, 45 minutes on Geometry, and 45 minutes on Spanish. Take a short break between subjects. Repeat!
- Use Mnemonics (memory tricks) - encode well-organized, vivid, meaningful associations to help recall...e.g. P.E.M.D.A.S. (order of operations).
- Study ACTIVELY & QUIZ YOURSELF - study out loud with a friend; use a white board in the library; create study guides and diagrams; play games on Quizlet; make index cards with visual cues; color code your notes in Notability, etc.
- Prime your brain for success - Spend 5 minutes before your test visualizing a time when you were successful (at anything), e.g.. executing a complex dance move, scoring a goal, throwing a beautiful pot, etc. For information on relaxation techniques, see Ms. Skelley.
- Use your laptop/iPad wisely: try using Self Control to stay on task.
- Turn off your phone: use an app such as Forest: Stay Focused to limit interruptions.
- Music: research shows that music mostly interferes with studying. If you feel you can't live without it, create a playlist without lyrics or try using noise-cancelling headphones!
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF
1. Eat well, drink lots of water, and limit your caffeine intake.
3. Get plenty of sleep so your brain can function at its best!
There are several worksheets available to help you create a "plan of attack" and schedule your study time. You can find copies below or pick up hard copies in the Academic Support Center.