By Cierra Ryan
It’s the night before your history final and you haven’t studied at all; what are you going to do? We have all been in this position! We procrastinate until the last possible moment and then have to cram the night before in order to make a good grade. Hopefully this does happen often, however the next time this happens look over these study tips to improve your results!
Find a quiet space such as your room, the library, the park, or anywhere that you feel comfortable. It is easy to get distracted when you are in loud, busy places, so this will help keep you focused away from anything going on around you.
Put your information on flash cards. This helps you learn terms, dates, or any important formulas you may need to know. Also I recommend that you separate the cards into two piles, cards that you know and cards that you have trouble with. This way you will be able to spend extra time on the terms you don’t know to learn them faster.
Highlight important information. When reading over your study notes you should highlight things like vocabulary, main topics, and important facts. This way when you are asked a question, your brain will remember the colors associated with the information and help you learn quicker.
Listen to instrumental music. Often times background noise like talking can disrupt learning. However, listening to instrumental music with no lyrics can help keep you awake and focused on what you are reading.
Quiz yourself. After you feel confident on the material you have learned, create a quiz made up of only the terms and questions, then answer them without looking back at your study guide. When you are finished this should give you an idea on what you still need to work on.
Get a good night sleep. This gives your brain time to process all the information you’ve just crammed in there. Also going to bed earlier or later can throw of your sleep patterns, doing more harm than good.
Those were six tips on how to study last-minute! Hopefully they helped you, and remember, everyone is different and everyone learns in different ways. So if some techniques don’t work for you, don’t worry, you just need to find out what does!