It’s important to be very prepared ahead of your exams. Not only does it keep you organized, but it also gets you started on the right foot.
Make sure that all of your notes are together and properly arranged. If you have a lot of time between now and your exams. Write out one page summaries or equation lists for each chapter or topic. This will be wonderful to use as a review once you’ve studied your notes. Highlight and create post-it notes for the key concepts and words. This will make them stand out.
When I study I will always bring all of my textbooks and binders. It’s important to use all available information while studying. Other awesome resources include websites like KhanAcademy where large amounts of useful information is available for all sorts of subjects. I depended on Khan Academy throughout my High School and Undergraduate degree. It helped me so much!
Set up to study somewhere quiet and distraction free. Check out your school’s library, and local coffee shops. Make sure to go somewhere where you won’t be distracted by friends. I love to study in the business building at my university, even if I was a science student. The building was full of windows and natural light. It helped me stay focused.
Have pens, pencils, highlighter and markers with you. Markers are amazing because they make bigger text and are full of colour. I love to use them while making those summary pages I mentioned above. I’ll even doodle to make it prettier. I will use only solid white paper. I find it easier to read compared to lined paper.
Bring your laptop or tablet to study. Or, use the ones available at your library. A lot of school material and professors depend on the internet. Materials are now sent via email or education’s institutions sites. I found it super useful to have my laptop in class and to study. All my notes are typed and I print them off. Since my writing is well s***. It helps a lot.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a laptop or a tablet. Here are some great options.
The ASUS F555LA 15.6 Full HD Laptop : is wonderful. My boyfriend has this one and absolutely loves it. He’s also a very techie guy completing his Degree in computers. I trust ASUS as a brand. If you’re looking for a great Windows computer. Check this one out!
Apple MacBook Air 13 Inch: If you’re thinking about getting a MacBook. This is the one to choose. It’s powerful, thin and portable. They come with IMovie which is wonderful for editing videos. This is the newer version of my laptop. If mine ever breaks, (It’s already 5 years old and still working perfectly), I will definitely be purchasing another.
Apple iPad Air 2: I love the iPad Air. It’s light and beautiful. This tablet will be great for studying, searching up concepts and watching videos. The App Store also contains tons of free and paid apps to help you succeed in school!
I never bring my cellphone to study sessions, or I leave it hidden away in my bag. It is a huge distraction. I would highly suggest you do the same. You will notice how dependent we are on our cell phones when you put it away for an hour or two.
I love to bring a hot beverage with me while studying in the winter. It keeps me awake and warm. I will keep a package of tea in my bag throughout the year. There are kettles available throughout my campus and I will often make myself a cup. Also, bring enough healthy food and snacks to keep you from being hungry. It’s so hard to study when hungry.
Since it’s winter, and super cold where I live, I will always bring a small fleece blanket to school. I find that I study better when I am not focused on how cold the study room is.
I hope that these tips are helpful. Good luck with your exams!
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