Get active with your studying
📅 Tune in to this week's Academic Success Seminar: Survive Final Exams on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Learn how to set up your final exam study schedule and review the basics of active studying.
Ramp up your final exam study skills with these tips from the pros in Academic Coaching.
Review your learning objectives
Check your course outline for a learning objective refresh — they’re basically a road map for your course. Learning objectives can give you a good idea of where to focus your time and provide direction on what to study.
Prepare and organize your materials
Use your notes and study materials to make summary sheets, flashcards, diagrams or concept maps.
Use your flashcards, and fill-in-the-blank charts/diagrams, complete practice questions or work with a virtual study group to test yourself.
Virtual Study Lounge
You don’t have to get together to study together — check out the Virtual Study Lounge.
Hi! I’m Casziel. I’m a second-year student in the Legal Assistant program. I’m also a peer learning strategist at the Virtual Study Lounge. The study lounge is a place where students can connect virtually and learn about different topics that can help them academically. It’s also a place where we do homework together, and it’s an amazing way to meet fellow students online.
When I started my first semester, I had no clue how to handle work and school. Now, I get to help others, and I never know what questions will be asked!
My top learning strategy is to always review your class notes, every day, even if it’s for five minutes. This will help you remember information and not have to stress about staying up all night to study.
See you at the Virtual Study Lounge, Tuesdays in MS Teams.
Explain your answers out loud — and repeat
You can try this by yourself or with others. It's a good way to focus your thoughts, get things straight in your head and highlight what you need to work on. And, don’t forget to repeat three to five times for maximum retention.
Take breaks while studying
Capitalize on how the brain processes information — study in short sessions and schedule breaks throughout. Try the Pomodoro (tomato) Technique: divide each hour of study into three 20-minute blocks and dedicate the last few minutes of each block to getting a drink, having a snack or stretching.
👉 You've worked hard, you know your stuff, now ace that test. Write exams like a pro with these tips.