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As midterms approach, I thought I would create a post that provides some creative and thoughtful ways to help you all prepare for your midterms.
Sometimes figuring out how to study or even a place to study can often pose as a challenge. It can be difficult trying to find your groove and motivation, whether that is subconsciously telling yourself that you will do “well” on your midterm or test without studying or more so just simply grazing through a few notes. And evermore, how are you going to incorporate time to study while you work? It can be difficult to be a college student while working. And for those who choose not to work, it is hard to force yourself study when Fear of the Walking Dead seems more appealing than slaving over study guides and flashcards. Well, in this post I will provide some new methods to effective studying.
First off, let’s replace the word “studying” with “active learning”. To some, “studying” may scare us and create an aggressive aura, implying that it is something we have to do to succeed. By firstly, addressing the word with active learning may bring a new positive approach to understanding and preparing yourself for your midterm or quiz.
Learning or reviewing old material should be fun. We are now at a time in our life where we finally get to choose our own class and make our own schedule based on our lives. With that, each class connects to one another that often relates to our major. So as you review your study guide, try to connect some of the terms or concepts with another course. This may help you understand the material better when you compare and contrast notes and the objectives with one of your favorite courses.
It can be hard finding your personal approach to actively learning. But it is proven to “treat yourself” while going through your study guide and answering questions. When I say “treat yourself” I do not mean binge on Netflix the day before the exam…I recommend that you break your active learning sessions into sections or time slots. So study, answer, and review your notes and study guide for 45 minutes to an hour then indulge in personal pleasure. And continue to alternate. Whether than is making a light dinner or lunch, scroll through your endless timelines on social media, or even watch a few minutes of your favorite show. We as human beings thrive on incentives, so to make active learning somewhat enjoyable, don’t force yourself to sit down for several hours slaving over your notes. Instead get up and move around.
Listen to Music
Try listening to your favorite music, or create a playlist. I prefer to listen to either ambient or classical music than other genres that peak my interest more, but ambient music is calmer usually due to slower bpm and lack of words. Therefore, its not too loud and in your face. Listening to contemporary classical music or songs with slower bpm (beats per minute) influences your behavior. I am not saying DO NOT LISTEN to Life of Pablo or Views, but try expanding your genre. Try out these two methods and let me know how they work out for you. (My go to is always Keaton Henson’s Romantic Works)
Create your own study guide
So far you have already completed the first step of active learning; you choose to actually look over your notes, which is different than completely ignoring that fact that you do have something to prepare for. If your professor did not provide you a study guide, then simply create your own. You are somewhat aware of the concepts and terms that are going to be on the test. And if you are not, I am pretty sure you have a textbook for the class. With that being, most textbooks bold or italicize important terms or concepts. And most, before the chapter begins, provide questions and key concepts to pay attention to while you read the textbook. Answer and incorporate these into your study guide.
Get together with some classmates, and quiz each other. Studying in groups brings a more enjoyable approach to studying. There might be somethings you missed or overlooked in class that another student might know. Or if you are studying for class that is proven to be more difficult than others or is simply not your most appealing course, by surrounding yourself with those who are not only willing to help you, but are also taking the same course and prove to be efficient in prepare you for the midterm.
So I hope with some of this information provided you will be able to ace your exams. Thank you for reading. And as always, have a good week and spread some positivity.