Wednesday, 9 November 2016

School Series: Revisions for Finals

     Hello my lovely people. I hope you all are doing well. I am doing absolutely fantastic. I though it would be a good time to write this post because I don't have any time after this with posts already prepared for World Diabetes Awareness Day next week (Nov 14) and Thanksgiving after that. Plus all my Blogsmas posts are Christmas themed and revising for finals doesn't really fit, does it? So let's dive right into my tried-and-true tips for revising for finals week! These are listened in no particular order. Enjoy!

1. No cellphones or laptops
     I'm pretty sure this is self explainitory. Unless your class is online or you're looking up information for a practice exam or whatnot, you should NOT be on your laptop or cellphone. Like I mentioned earlier, the more distracted you are when studying, the less you'll retain.

2. Music
     Studies show that if you play a video game soundtrack when studying, you will retain what you're learning better. This is because video game soundtracks are specifically designed to help you focus. My favorite video game soun track is Alice Madness Returns. The music is absolutely gorgeous and it really helps me focus on whatever it is that I'm doing. If you would like to take a listen to this soundtrack click the link underneath the image below.

Alice Madness Returns Full Soundtrack
3. Flash cards
     I cannot stress how much using flash cards have helped me. In my Human Biology class for the lab exams we had a lot of visuals to memorize such as a the structure, function, location of a stratified cuboidal epithelium (a type of cell that is located in the kidney tubules; ducts and secretory portions of small glands, ovary surface and it's function is secretion and absorption. We also had to know what a stratified cuboidal epithelium looked like on a slide. So I would draw the name of the cell on one side of the flash card, and on the other side I would write the name, structure, function and location of said cell on the other. That really helped me memorize things quickly and well. It was also helpful for me to use before the exam as a bit of a refresher. I'm pretty sure I would have ended up with a C instead of an A in my Human Bio class if I hadn't used flash cards. 

4. Scents
     When I was in primary school I read in an American Girl magazine that if you wear a particular scent when studying and then wear the same scent when you take your final exam, you will remember what you studied better. I have found this to mostly be true. For it to work you need to consistently study the same subject with the same scent for at least three days before the exam. It doesn't really work if you're cramming for the exam the night before. I usually wear whatever perfume I am loving at that particular time. In the Autumn/Winter I mainly wear Wrapped in Comfort by Bath & Body Works and in the Spring/Summer I wear Hello Beautiful also by Bath & Body Works. Having a candle burning that is the same scent of your perfume also works wonders.

Scents are super helpful for retention and memory.

5. Eat before and study right before bed
     When I took General Psychology at the local JC, I became really good friends with my professor, Dr. Laird. We spent the 10 min break as well as after class talking about psychology. He also gave me lots of study related tips. One of them was that before you study you should eat some snack like cheese, crackers, fruit etc. This is to keep you from getting distracted if you get hungry when revising. The more distracted you get from studying the less you will remember come exam time. He also told me to study right before bed and afterwards go straight to sleep. I don't know the reasoning behind this but it works really well for me. 
     (Side note: Make sure you sleep well before the exam and eat a healthy balanced breakfast too).

6. Bright colors
     For my Political Science class we don't have any homework. The homework I give myself is doing the practice test and key terms for each chapter. I will do the entire quiz (writing out the full blow question and answer) in one color (say blue for example) and then to the key terms in a different color (say purple). I learned this tip from one of my UK blogger friends but for the life of me, I can't remember who it was. But it is an amazing tip and I wanted to share that with you. 
     My reasoning for writing out the full blown question and answer is that it helps you retain the information you're learning. This tip was also given to me by Dr. Laird. He has helped me so much since starting college; I owe my sucess in college so far to him. 

You can see what I mean about bright
 colors here. The Quiz was written 
in blue ink and the Key Terms 
was written in purple ink. 
     As always, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did please give this post a +1 on Google+ and leave me a comment below with any revision tips you have. I hope you all have a lovely week. 

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