Get prepared to do your best in exam season!
Managing multiple types of exams in a short period of time can be tricky: you have to know a lot of information from several different courses. Understanding how the brain works can help:
- When information doesn’t make sense, people tend to forget it quickly. For long-term retention, do your best to connect new knowledge to old understandings.
- Remember that repetition helps memory a lot. One long study session is less effective than multiple short sessions. Realizing that you’re forgetting information between these sessions lets you identify problem spots and strengthens them when you fix the gaps.
- Prioritize multiple exams not only by the day that they occur but by their difficulty. Make a study schedule that puts the most difficult aspects of each course as early as possible.
- Re-reading texts is usually not enough: instead, be active in your learning. Understand and (re)interpret the course’s contents by creating a short, personalized study guide or tools like flash cards. The more ways you can build your knowledge, the better.
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