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Important Tips for Final Exams

December 14, 2017

1. Do Not Cram Study

I know. Sometimes when you work under pressure, you do your best, right? But when you cram, you are storing information in your short term memory.  The short term memory does not hold a lot of information. Think of cramming as filling a cup of water to the top and imagine the water overflowing. That is what happens with your brain when you cram study. When you go to take the test after cramming, you may recognize a question, but you don't completely remember what it meant or how to solve it. You may think " Dang! I remember reading something about that. But I forgot!" That is a result of cramming. Allow your brain enough time to process the information and store it for a longer time. Give yourself a few weeks in advance to really understand the material and practice/analyze it so that you can do well on your test. 

 

 

2. Study Groups

Studying with other people has so many benefits. When you study with people you can help each other out when you get stuck. You can catch one another if you make an error and learn from each other's mistake. The most effective study method is the teach-back method. If you can explain something to somebody and they understand, you have a great understanding about the subject as well. When you teach back something to somebody, not only does that person benefit from it, you benefit from it as well. It is as if you are demonstrating to your own brain your understanding of the subject. 

 

 

3. Use Flash Cards

There are flash card apps on the iPhone that allow you to make flash cards. You can't attach a picture to the flash card so that you attach a word to a visual image. This mainly helps those who are visual learners and have a hard time remembering definitions or theories. When you study with flash cards, or if you are reading out of a book, it is important to say the words out loud and repeat it to yourself at least three times. This is due to the power of repetition in which your brain creates a pattern that the information is associated with. It is easy to remember and hold information when we organize it a certain way or when there is some kind of pattern associated with it. 

 4. Seeking the Right Help

Sometimes it is not enough to rely on friends and yourself. In this case you should seek help from a professional tutor or somebody who is well educated on the subject. It is so great that we live in a day and age where we can literally type our way to help. Sometimes you may be so busy that you don't have time to make an appointment with a tutor, or a tutor may just be too expensive. There are many tutorial videos online and tutoring apps that match you up to a tutor. Photomath, Got it, and Math and Science tutor are all apps on the iPhone that gives instructions on how to solve a problem. The Quizlet app contains definitions, flash cards, test questions, etc., that are completely free! 

 

 

5. Block Distractions 

While your phone can be a useful tool in regards to studying, it can also be the biggest distraction! That is largely due to social media. Do not allow this to happen to you. Do your best to block out all other distractions like going online, or social media for the time being. Turn off your notifications, or even deactivate your accounts until those exams are over! Find a safe place to study like the library, or outside even so that you are not around your television, bed, or any other distractions that can keep you from concentrating. 

 

 

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