Buckle up Eastern students, finals are upon us!
At this point, all of us as students have heard the saying “secrets for success” many times before and each one of us knows what we need to do in order to get that desirable “A” in our classes.
Let’s face it, this is not the first nor the last test we will take, and although the requirements change, the struggle is real.
Here are a few nontraditional tips to help you prepare for those hard exams, so take a deep breath and get to work.
- Free Tutoring on Campus
As a student at Eastern Michigan University, you are a part of a school community that cares about your success and strives to give you the best resources.
The Holman Success Center in Halle Library operated on a daily basis for a rich variety of subjects and departments! You can decide whether you want to drop in for a tutoring session or maybe try the departmental tutoring, both will help you greatly.
All the information needed are in this link: http://www.emich.edu/hsc/tutoring/index.php.
- Studying Hard, Doesn’t Mean you are Studying Smart
Long continuous sessions of studying are hard but are not effective, same effect for those late white nights before an exam.
Effective studying has proven to be when you study in short chunks of time. This is because most of our brains are better at encoding information into the memory in short repeated sessions rather than long ones.
Help your brain store the information effectively and study in shorter chunks of time taking break in between!
- Write it Out, and Speak to Yourself
Many studies have found that it is highly helpful to write out the information that you are studying on paper. Reading and highlighting information might help, but the act of physically writing it out can help the information stick in your brain better.
Take a blank piece of paper and a pen – and write it all out. Being creative can also help you remember the information. Write it out big or small, use different colors, and outline the stuff however you’d like!
As you write the information out, say it out loud to yourself. This will create two dimensions of learning at once, audio and visual.
- Quiz Yourself
This is the best thing you can do for your learning process.
Create questions for yourself to answer. This way you are going through th einformation twice. Once when you hear it in class, and a second time by going through your own hand made study questions.
Before you know it, the repeated information will stick to you unintentionally.
Again, when you are answering the questions, write them out on a piece of paper or on a flash card.
- Take a Break!
This might sound silly, but going off of the tip of studying in small chunks, you want to fill your schedule with activities that are not related to studying.
Don’t cancel your work shifts or social gathering, and make sure you have a workout session in your day!
You will be happy to find out that aerobic exercise improves the brain processing speed and will help you to make your study sessions very effective.
- Eliminate Distractions
Make your sessions as effective as possible by studying in an area that you will not be easily distracted.
This means that your phone and your social media notifications are not allowed, and will not help you to study better.
- Try to Study in Different Places
Get out of your room and hit the library, or a coffee shop, or the student center, or the computer lab. Sit on the grass or just randomly study wherever you are. Changing up your environment might help you focus better and ace those finals!
You should carry the studying material with you throughout the day because you can never know when you will come across the perfect place to study!
Finals week can be stressful and overwhelming. Just remember that with little changes to your studying routine, you can study smart and ace your finals! Good luck everyone!
Michal Liberman is an swimmer at EMU. She is a junior, majoring in public relations. Michal is from Israel originally, works part time in the EMU Division of Communications, and is featured in EMU’s #YouAreWelcomeHere banner campaign.