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12 Tips for Studying at Western University

 

It's that time of the season: exams are approaching and there are more and more shows on Netflix that you are being told to catch up on.

Well, what's a student to do? Let's see...

  1. Acceptance
    Admitting you need to study is the first step to studying. Midterms and exams can sometimes sneak up on you when you least expect them, so planning ahead and studying well in advance will alleviate the inevitable stress of last minute cram sessions.
  2. Find a study buddy
    A good one will keep you focussed, motivated, and most importantly, awake. Don't mistake their stern attitude for sass. Study buddies are going through the same struggles as you are and only want you to succeed.
  3. Commit
    If you say you're going to start studying after finishing an episode of The Walking Dead, do it. Set a start time, a break time, and an end time to your study sessions.
  4. Location, location, location
    Find a place where you can easily get into the study groove. For some people, studying in residence doesn't work for them. Go explore campus and find that perfect little alcove where you best absorb knowledge, because knowledge is power!
  5. Make a plan
    Set goals for yourself and stick to them. For example, review two chapters each day of the week leading up to an exam. To break things up and recharge your mental batteries, schedule in "days off" where you don't study at all. Mapping out a game plan makes things manageable, predictable, and most importantly, doable. Your course syllabus is the perfect tool for seeing how much needs to get done.
  6. Don't Get Distracted
    Yes, Western University is the most attractive post-secondary institution in the world, but oogling at beautiful human beings can wait. You're here for an education, now turn to page 394 and get to it.
  7. Ask questions when you're not sure of something
    There's no such thing as a stupid question. Ask your friends, ask your soph, ask your TA or professor. Ask 'em your questions, and get some answers.
  8. If you still can't get the answer?
    The Internet is our friend. Always check your sources for credibility so you can be confident in your newfound answer. If you weren't told this in high school, here it is: Wikipedia sits on a throne of lies and cannot be trusted. Instead, search Western's library system for scholarly books, articles, journals and more (www.lib.uwo.ca).
  9. Take breaks
    More like temporary freedom. Just be reasonable when taking your breaks. Play with the 50-10 rule (50 minutes of studying with 10 minutes of break time) and make it work for you. It can be tempting to just add 5 minutes to your break, and then another five, and so on. Fight the urge. Take a deep breath and get back to it.
  10. Actively study
    Relax. This doesn't mean reading on a treadmill. Active studying means you are applying learned concepts to course material and understanding the connections between them. It also works by seeing how concepts differ. Drawing a mind map is a great example of actively studying.
  11. Make studying fun
    Some examples: For every question you get right, have a Skittle (for a healthier option, try broccoli). Play some sweet jams while you study. Make silly acronyms and mnemonic devices when memorizing concepts. Turn things into a trivia game where the winner gets a Skittle and/or broccoli.
  12. Never give up!
    Even when it seems like you literally can't even, just keep going. It's a waste of time to get anxious about an exam/whether or not you've studied enough for it. Be confident in what you've learned and strive to understand more! GOOD LUCK!
 
 
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