Hey 49ers! So we are getting close to that time again as the end of the semester approaches. No, not quite summer yet, more like final exam time! Even as I wrote that last line I felt a cringe in my stomach. Luckily, there are some tactics we can do as students to prepare for that time of high intense stress.
- Give yourself enough time to study! This can be for college students especially when most also work. The best tip is to review any notes or handouts from class right before bedtime ever night or most nights. This will help you retain the information for longer periods of time.
- Organize study groups with your fellow classmates. Studying in a group helps one learn and retain information because students explain concepts to each other. Another person might use words that help you understand the concept much more clearly.
- Explain answers to others. Explaining a concept to a classmate enhances knowledge and understanding also increases. Through the process of explaining information out loud, we are able to see if there are any trouble areas that require more study time.
- Make flashcards. For classes that require a lot of memorization, flashcards are your best friend. They are portable, so you can throw them in your bag and pull them out whenever you have extra time, like riding the bus, or waiting in line, or waiting for a class to start. Cut flashcards in half so they are more portable and it saves money. For those students who want to save paper, there are free apps available for this. Quizlet is one of them, this app is great because you can share them with other people.
- Keep exercising regularly. Even if that means taking a walk in between study sessions. Keeping the body active will help to reduce stress and improve blood circulation. It is also one of the best ways to reduce stress, boost your memory and help you sleep better. Some people even use this as a chance to listen to recordings of themselves repeating information about the topic they are studying.
- Eat food that helps you study. Yes, there are foods that help with concentration and memory. Foods like blueberries, yogurt, fish, nuts, seeds, and even dark chocolate all have the ability to keep energy levels up and increase our focus.
Try out these suggestions to make this the best semester ever! It might help change your grades and boost your GPA!
By Keri Ichikawa