Hello, dear friends!
I haven’t been posting a whole lot lately, and I do apologize. You may have heard me complaining that I had five exams last week! It was quite a busy and stressful time preparing for each exam, but it inspired me to share some study tips. When it comes time to study for a test, I find making my own study guides extremely helpful. In this post, I will explain how I create my study guides. Since I have started doing this, I have gotten very high scores on my college exams (even in subjects that I don’t exactly love). Let’s get started!
- First and foremost, take really good notes inside and out of class! I like to take notes while I read the textbook sometimes, as it helps keep me engaged and that way I don’t have to re-read the book. I don’t do this for every class because it is really time-consuming; only for my more difficult classes and chapters.
- Go through your notes after each class: Skim through and highlight what you think was the most important information from the lecture. I strongly encourage you do this as soon after your lecture as possible, because after a few days, it will be hard to recall what the professor talked about the most.
- Always, always, ALWAYS- put a star next to information you KNOW will be on the exam: I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…if your professor is nice enough to explicitly tell you, “This will be on your exam,” star that section and include it on your study guide.
- Start studying a week and a half to two weeks before the test: Give yourself plenty of time to review everything. I start making my study guides about two weeks before the test.
- Actually make the study guide: You can make a Google doc or Quizlet, or just write it out. Start to condense the information you highlighted and starred from your notes into one document. If your teacher provides a study guide, use that as your template. Make sure to include absolutely everything your teacher puts on the study guide!
- Refer to your study guide each day leading up to the exam: Look over your study guide for a bit of time each day before your exam. If you are unclear on something, now is the time to go to office hours and ask!
- Have someone quiz you: A few days before my test, I like having one of my friends quiz me using my study guide. Any remaining information that I still don’t know, I will highlight in another color so that I can focus on it the most.
- Save all your study guides: The beauty of making a study guide for each test is that when it comes time for finals, you’ve conveniently kept a record of the most important information. Your future self will love you for this!
That is how I make my study guides for college! This technique has helped me earn really good grades and is by far the most effective study method I have ever tried.
Thanks for reading, and happy studying!