With finals quickly approaching in the upcoming weeks, there are some useful study tips and resources on campus that students can use to do their very best on exams.
As a college student, tests can often be stressful. Having tests that are around the same time and preparing for each one can be a difficult task. There are some students who have a hard time figuring out what are the best methods to studying for a test.
Students use different proceedures to prepare for a test that works best for them. Some use flash cards, take notes while they’re reading a chapter, or go to tutoring sessions.
“Usually, when I prepare for a test, I find an isolated place to study. I put my phone away out of my reach because it is a big distraction, and I start writing out all my material on flash cards,” said CSUSB senior Aline Jimenez.
Different material requires different methods of studying, so while some students make flash cards, others may make annotations or take notes.
“In preparation for a test, if it is based on reading, I always take side notes and go over the notes after I’m done with the reading. If it is anything besides reading, I mainly go over notes and tend to go to tutoring or office hours to further understand,” said CSUSB Junior Dyanna Torices.
While our study habits may seem to work in our favor, there is always room for improvement.
“I think I should procrastinate less and start studying days or weeks before my exam. Also, there are times when I am distracted by other things like TV or my phone. I need to work on being 100% isolated and device-less, so that I can concentrate fully on studying,” stated Jimenez.
There are a lot of resources on campus that students can use to prepare themselves for a test or a writing assignment. One of those being the Writing Center located in the College of Education building. They have many tutors who help students with their writing assignments.
“One of the things that we emphasize is that writing is a process. One of the things that students get out of the writing center is thinking about writing in a different way and working with someone who has a lot of writing experience but is still a student, so they are aware of what it’s like to do that,” director’s assistant of the writing center, Nathan Jones, said.
Students have improved on their writing skills since going to the writing center and they are applying what they have learned there to their everyday lives and classes.
“Our biggest goal is to help students not only make this one big paper better, but to help them figure out ways to improve their writing process for all writing assignments that they do,” Nathan stated.
There are many resources and study tools on campus for struggling students to take advantage of to better prepare for final exams and papers.