You’re back at school. Back in your element, reunited with friends, and ready to take this year by storm! You’re on top of the world, and nothing can stand in your way.
And in the blink of an eye, #Midtermseason rolls around. Not to worry! (Ok, disclaimer–you scientists & engineers may still worry a tad.) We will provide you with everything you need for a productive cram session.
With the help of the following tips & tricks, you’ll be studying in an effective and less-stressful manner in no time. Check out our ideas for the best way to college cram and crush those midterms!
Hydrate for the Hustle
A number of studies, include one by Frontiers journal of Human Neuroscience–fancy, I know–have shown that staying hydrated during activities requiring a high level of mental performance can assist in the effectiveness of your studying session. It can also increase your focus.
Whether you drink water often or not, a water bottle should be on your list for cramming essentials to keep your mind in tip-top shape while you review.
Skip the Screen
Despite the fact that, as a part of modern education, so much content and so many assignments are assigned for completion online, too much screen time is truly no bueno for our eyes. This tip is especially crucial if you’re planning on a multi-hour cramming campout.
Take breaks every so often from staring at your computer or phone screen, so as not to strain your vision, and instead opt for writing or reviewing some notes on paper. (Side note: as a Delta Gamma member myself, our focus on visual-impairment through our philanthropy work has given me so much insight into the importance of taking care of our eyes! Don’t neglect your peepers, people!)
You can also invest in a pair of blue-light glasses (I got mine from Eye Buy Direct). These glasses protect your eyes from the harsh effects of staring at screens all day. This is super helpful for those of us who work an office job full time or are looking at a screen to study all day!
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
While individual studying certainly has its benefits, like being able to focus completely on your own study plan, studying in groups can also be a highly effective study tool.
Studies show that when you teach others–for example reviewing a misunderstood topic with someone in the same class as you–it helps you to better understand the information as well, and perhaps even clarify a topic you were incorrect or unsure about!
Utilize your classmates and their knowledge to amp up your studying, as well as theirs. I’ve found that when my sisters are in my classes, they make for the best study companions!
Take some time before the big test and get together with your sisters in the sorority house. Take turns teaching each other one concept from your exam review document. We bet you will all get better scores than you would have just studying alone!
Avoid the Cram (If You Can)
Alright, as much as I would love to say I never cram, I frequently do. We’re busy college kids, and sometimes (most times) the time gets away from us, and suddenly our test is tomorrow. Nevertheless, one of the best study tips I can offer you–and myself, I suppose–is to avoid cramming completely.
By studying in short intervals earlier on, avoiding late-night study seshes, and especially avoiding pulling an all-nighter the night before your test, you’re highly likely to recall the information more easily and be in better mental and physical health when taking your test.
However, if you must cram, make sure you bring these essentials with you to get the most out of your studying:
- Plenty of pens
- A notebook or paper for handwritten notes–scientifically shown to generally help you recall information more effectively!
- Water (Coffee & energy drinks are effective in small doses, however, you want to avoid a major crash during your studies–or worse, during your test!)
- Chargers for your laptop and phone
- All necessary textbooks/content for your studying
- Headphones (Study jams are a must for me!)
- Notes from class
- Your A-game!
You’ve got this! Now go forward and study on my friends. Your midterms are about to meet their maker.
Have a great rest of your week, from all of us at Greek U!
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