Since I consider myself a big sis to all of you, I have made a small list of academic and misc. tips to make college/university not suck as bad.
If you get distracted in large lecture halls, sit in the front row. I discovered in large classes that I was sometimes more focused on the girl in front of me being on facebook, than I was on the actual lecture. Sitting in the front is always a good idea. It is honestly the easiest tip I have for you.
RECORD YOUR LECTURES! How ever you decide to take notes, you can also record your lectures. I use notability to take notes and to record my lectures with. When reviewing before an exam, recordings are a lifesaver. Also just reviewing after class, it deff helps to clear up anything that was slightly unclear in your notes.
Dress comfy for class. Literally no one care what you wear to class. Don’t feel like you haaaave to look cute, I understand wanting to look good to feel good for yourself but sometimes nike shorts are gonna be your best option.
Book group study rooms in the library. If your libraries on campus are anything like mine, they’re always packed. BUUUUUT it is very likely that your library has a way to reserve library rooms, thus guaranteeing you a silent study place on campus. Book ahead for finals week!!
GOOGLE DOCS. Once you make a good study group, condense all of your notes together on a google doc shared between you all. Google docs and slides are also amazing for group projects and presentations. Become familiar with both, they are your new best friends.
Starbucks has a loyalty program, get on it. I worked as a barista and literally the gold card program starbucks has will safe you a ton. There are literally 10 Starbucks on my campus, you will become familiar with yours. Download the app and start collecting points now! Also a pro-tip, skip the lattes and frappuccinos. Drip coffee is the best option for you, it is cheaper, better for you, and has the most caffeine besides the iced coffee. Also, once you’re a loyalty member at starbucks, refills on all coffee and tea is FREE.
Keep snacks in your bag, it’s not rocket science. You get hungry, eat. The more protein, the better.
Easy way to talk to someone in class. Pull out a pack of gum. Has not changed from high school. Having “class friends” is needed. They’re great for getting notes from if you miss class and for getting together to study with!
When it comes to studying, there are lots of different techniques Ravenclaws use. Some study little by little as the year goes on so they have less to do right before the exam. Others save it all for the night before, fill up on caffeine and pull an all nighter. The rest, however, just don’t study at all. They just say “fuck it”
Hi everyone ! I’m a panic person. Everytime I had an exam, I use to procrastinate and panic the day before the exam…. Not really good … But if this also happens to you, here are a few tips !
Before the exam
A few day before the exam, or even the day just before, you seem like you’ll never make it, just CALM DOWN.
You still have time. The exam is not right now, so it means you stil have hours before !
Now just breath deaply and try to calm down. Do not look at your desk yet.
Go get some fresh air, even if it’s for 5 minuts. It will give some air to your brain, and help calm down and prepare to focus.
Once you’re calm and focused, go back to your desk (or wherever you’re studying). Even if you think this is desperate, just do it ! It is better to know a bit than nothing (”You know nothing, Jon Snow”), right ?
Call some friends or pupil from your class, and see if they can help you with all the things you have to learn.
Now, you can relativise : This is just one exam in your life. That is nothing more. So ok, maybe you won’t get the maximal grade, but you have other exams, no ?
The night before the exam
Go to bed as early as you can, because it is useless to go to an exam when we’re tired.
Drink a tisane, and read a last time all your notes.
During the exam
So this is it ! Here we are !
Do not panic, once again. Take a deep breath and go, you’ll lost time by panicking.
Do not give up during the exam, even if it seems really horrible to you. Just do the best you can, and stay focused.
Chew. Studies has showed that we are more concentrated when we are chewing.
If you have the time, read once again all you have written (just in case)
Finally, the last thing very important is to not compare yourself to others ! Everyone is different !
I hope it will help some of you ! If you have question, just ask ! I’m here :)