By: Hannah Bonanducci
Are you a stressed-out EU student facing the inevitable finals season? You’re in the right place! I’m here to share a few tips to help you stay on top of your studying game.
If you’re behind in your classes, now would be a great time to reach out to a fellow student or the professor about class material you may have missed or didn’t understand. The sooner you reach out, the better, as their schedules will also be packed the closer we get to winter break! Also, Eastern offers free tutoring services through NetTutoring online, as well as free peer tutoring services that you can sign up for in CCAS.
If you have a lot of readings, try to read during the day rather than at night. And while you might not be the type of person to put your own notes in books, highlighting can do wonders while reading, especially if you don’t have time to make flashcards. Highlighting important information while reading forces your brain to read it again and mark it as important. Plus, when you go back to skim those last five minutes before the test, your eyes will skim over the highlighted information.
If you have to memorize a lot of terms, the best way to go about that would be using the notes that teachers have provided and re-writing the terms with a definition. Whether this is rewriting it on a piece of paper or making a Quizlet, going through the information and rewriting it helps keep all of that information fresh.
And some basic reminders beforehand. Keeping a planner definitely helps organize your study time. Take intentional breaks during your studying, otherwise you’ll burn yourself out. Lastly, sleep is important, not just for your energy during exams but also for the memory consolidation of all the information you just packed in your brain. If you’re getting tired at the end of a study session, remember that it will do more for you to get some sleep rather than try to pack in a few extra terms.
Best of luck to all Eastern students and happy studying!