Get your study on: Four tips from two SAIT students
Roommates Arth Limbachiya (Chemical Engineering Technology) and Ravi Gandhi (Power Engineering Technology) are about to wrap up their final semester #HereAtSAIT and share what works for them during crunch time.
Find your prime time and create a schedule ⌚
Arth: I’m a night owl and prefer studying at night. I put all my social media notifications on mute as they distract me the most. My focus span lasts around 30 minutes at a time, after that I usually take a five-minute break to listen to some songs or stretch and then continue studying. During finals, I make a schedule for each subject and try to complete studying well before the scheduled time is up, so I can use those final minutes to review parts that may not have stuck.
Ravi: For me, early morning is the best time to study because my mind is fresh, and I can easily remember test-prep questions and chapter notes. I always prefer to have a cup of tea to help me stay energized and focused. For finals, it helps if I make a daily schedule so I can cover everything in a desired time. Unlike Arth, I prefer to not take breaks until I finish my scheduled portion of study and will take a longer break once I’m done.
Develop your own study notes 📝
Arth: While professors are teaching in class, I put together important topics into my own words so that I can understand the material better. I’ll also study differently depending on the subject — sometimes it may look like creating flashcards or flowcharts. This way I can review and remember in a way that works for me.
Ravi: Before COVID-19, I used to make flashcards while I was attending a class to help with studying in the future. Since classes have shifted online, most of the lectures are recorded and I can watch the recording as many times as I need and make notes anywhere and at any time.
Join or organize a study group
Arth: I personally like studying with my classmates. We usually do a Zoom meeting where we discuss and review different topics.
Ravi: Sometimes during group study, socializing can take over, so I usually prefer to study alone. But if I ever have any questions or concerns, I will reach out to my classmates because they may have unique studying techniques that can help me to get a more varied understanding of the question or concept.
Get some solid rest 💤
Arth: At least getting six to seven hours of sleep is best for me. I try to ignore my phone, especially social media as it consumes more time than expected before going to sleep. I trade in scrolling on social media to meditating for 10 – 15 minutes using the headversity app — it’s awesome and it’s free for SAIT students.
Ravi: Good sleep plays a very crucial role in my life. If I can’t get proper sleep, I cannot focus on any work and may also become grumpy. So, I always aim for seven to eight hours of sleep so I can really focus on my studies and achieve good grades during finals. And if it works out, I’ll try to have a nap in the afternoon to be well focused if I find myself studying during the evening.
Other ways to set yourself up for success for finals:
- Look over the online learning tools and software used at SAIT to make sure you’re familiar with them, especially proctoring software if you’ll be doing online exams.
- Check out more tips to study smart from the pros in Academic Coaching and get ready to write exams like a pro.