With one week to go before finals week, and in preparation for the big test, students of Mr. Corkery’s sophomore level English class have decided to (that’s right) study. Studying has been found to relieve stress in students, as it causes them to focus on what needs to be done rather than putting off their cramming to the last minute. This new method of relieving stress seems to create opportunities for better grades, better sleep, better attitudes, and, most importantly, better grades. Did I mention better grades?
But in all seriousness, guys, studying seriously helps with the whole stress thing. I mean, instead of worrying about a really big test, how about you do something about it?
BEST WAYS TO STUDY:
1. Make a list— A list of what you need to study can seriously help you organize your thoughts and prioritize the subjects you need to study the most.
2. Go through your notes— Especially in math, science, and history, going through your notes helps you recall the things you remember well and identify the things you don’t.
3. Practice, practice, practice— Mostly applicable in math/science, doing practice problems reinforces the concepts you’ve learned and keeps your mind from getting too rusty on how to do those rate of change problems for that calc final.
4. Sleep— Sleeping at a normal time and sleeping your full eight hours can actually help with remembering concepts, as it gives your brain time to recharge and process what you went over that day.
5. Flashcards— These delicious little 3×5 pieces of paper are one of my favorite study tools. Flashcards help you get organized, are easily created, and can allow for others to quiz you, so you won’t be tempted to cheat yourself. Flashcards annihilate temptation.
6. Colors!— Colors are your best friend. Highlighting similar/related topics in the same color, writing concepts down in colorful pens, and marking up texts using all sorts of hues can cause specific things to stick in your mind. Personally, this is my favorite study habit
So hopefully this helped! Being tired and stressed around this time of year is perfectly normal; just don’t give up. Like my band director says, “proper prior preparation prevents piss poor performance.” Study, be prepared, be perfect; adieu!