College students probably have less time to study before exams as compared to the school students. This is probably because the structure of college education is a little different and more rigorous. Also, the social lives of college students are a little busier than a school student. Therefore, college exams call for a different strategy to utilize your study time more effectively. Here is what you need to know to study efficiently, but in a shorter amount of time:
Find your study spot
Find a comfortable spot where you can study without distractions and disturbances. This could be in your room, library or anywhere on the college campus. You should have a comfortable place to sit and a proper space to write, type, and read. Uncomfortable seats can hamper your ability to concentrate on the material in your front. And it is always great to have a comfy spot where you can sit, relax, and read your favorite book.
An organized study space
A disorganized desk means a disorganized mind. And disorganization is the worst way to study. If you spend 3 hours studying, but get distracted often, then you won’t get anything done. But, if you sit at an organized place and study, you might be more productive in your studies and revision. It’s all about being more efficient in less time. If there is nothing on the table, there is more space for you to read and write!
Use colorful stationery
Do not underestimate the power of colorful highlighters and sticky notes. Highlight important points and make notes with sticky notes. Investing in colorful stationery, including a colorful notepad can help you remember the points better by associating them with the colors you use to write/highlight them.
Make a study list
Before you study for an exam, sit down and figure out what you need to study; make a list. This list is like a to-do list, you can tick off the topics you study or review. Ticking things off the list will give you a sense of accomplishment as you check things off one-by-one. The study list is great for keeping a track of assignments, exams, and other activities.
Create study blocks
Studying for the exam at the last minute can be stressful. In a state of panic, you might sit down straight for six hours without a break, trying to absorb as much material as you can. But, sitting down and studying for such long hours is not really helpful. Instead, you should divide your study time into blocks of 30 or 60 minutes. This helps you relax in between study blocks so that you don’t get burnt out. You can take a walk or do your favorite activity in between study blocks to refresh yourself.
This is one tip that applies to every student studying for an exam, no matter what the exam is. The habit of taking notes is more useful than most students realize. You can take notes during the class, then fill-in the information you remember after the class. While reviewing and studying for an exam, you can make notes again to help you remember all the information.
Organize your revision notes
So, you are one of those students who like making notes. That is awesome. You’re a step closer to efficient studying. Now, make sure to organize your notes in a way that you can get to any topic at any time. You can use colored tabs, bookmarks, etc., to keep track of the chapter numbers or topics. You can also use a binder to file all your notes.
Teach someone else
The best way to revise your material is to teach someone else. Not always the best technique if your exam is on the next day, it is quite effective if you plan a little in advance. There will always be a friend who needs a little help. Teach them and this will help you clear your concepts while helping them learn for the exam. There is no loser in this situation, and this tried and texted technique always works.
Silence your phone
We all have smartphones and get glued to them every free second we find. When you are studying, silence your phone, put it in a locker, under your pillow or give it to a friend. The amount of time you spend looking at your phone is the precious time you are taking away from studying. Without a phone, you might finish studying one chapter in 30 minutes. With a phone beside you, it might take you 2 or even 3 hours. The phone can be a distraction in other tasks as well.
Stop looking at GIFs
We really, really recommend not to use your laptop and look at funny memes and GIFs. It is highly detrimental to your study schedule. If you can avoid studying on the laptop, there’s nothing like it. If you are studying with your laptop, do not open extra tabs or turn off the Wi-Fi. You can choose to use productivity apps that block your access to certain sites for a period of time chosen by you. The moral of the story is: The cute cat and dog GIFs can wait until your exams are over.
College exams are important because they affect your overall score. They also affect the way potential employers look at you. Although academics is not the only criteria for employers, it certainly forms an important aspect of their analysis. Study well and study smart. Hard work is awesome, but smart work is best. These college exam study tips will surely help you get a better grade without having to spend hours and hours in your studies and revision.