Written by Alaa (aka Lols)
Hello peeps! I’m back with this month’s “College Life” after a very long disappearance. For you readers out there, College Life has become a monthly article instead of it being a weekly one; just wanted to give you a head’s up. So what’s new in college life? Well, I just finished this major presentation I had on a very technical economic paper (still have two more to go though) and it is also the “awesome” month of midterms. So that somehow got me thinking of the best ways to get the desirable results we need in our college education. While working on my presentation, I came up with a few tips that will help us all (including yours truly) in achieving that level of academia that we always wanted.
Here are some tips on how to maximize (I swear to God economics messed up my vocab!) your studying hours and get the results we all want:
1. Don’t do a full hour or two hours of studying. At a certain level, your concentration will drop and you won’t focus on that last page the same way you did with the first one. Some suggest aiming for 30-45 minutes of focus accompanied afterwards by a 15-20 minutes break to refresh. It worked for me to be honest.
2. Always keep a snack next to you. We’ve all been there. You start reading, memorizing, understanding and focusing on the subject and suddenly, your stomach starts to growl (although you might have just had lunch or dinner). Keep some fruits, M&M’s, nuts or any kind of snacks next to you so that you don’t have to get up all the time and cut your focus stream in the middle.
3. Get a good night sleep. Pulling an all-nighter is not always the best method to use. It will actually negatively affect you the next day and you might not do as well in terms of achievement. When you need to rest, rest and get a good night sleep.
4. Start your studying at least a month before exams and/or presentations. Let’s face it; our parents were right. If you have an early head start on your subjects and work, you’ll get a better outcome than if you just cram and cram everything in the last week or two before a presentation or exam.
5. Complete your missing notes around the same time you decide to study. We young souls sometimes tend to skip some classes and then end up singing “zalamouh” because we missed a few important ones. Always keep track of your subjects and what you need to go through with your studying.
I hope you’ll find these tips helpful in your quest to conquer the monsters that we call exams. If you ever have another tip to share or ideas on how to do well on your studying, you could always share them in the comment section below or email us at [email protected]
Best of luck to you all and I’ll see you next time!