Use these tips to finish strong.
1. Create your own study guide.
This will help you remember all class material.
2. Ask questions.
Your professors and TA’s are there to help! Ask them questions regarding the material and the exam so that you’re prepared when exam time arrives.
3. Attend the review session.
Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on.
4. Start early.
If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!
5. Organize a group study session.
It can be helpful to study in groups – sometimes. Evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to the subject as well at your learning process.
6. Study things not on the study guide.
Study guides aren't always comprehensive – they’re just suggestions of the main concepts to learn. Use your study guide for its intended purpose: a guide. Be sure to fill in the blanks with related information.
7. Take breaks.
You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key - ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.
8. Stay well-rested.
There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams.
9. Create a study schedule - and follow it.
Splitting the material into chucks you can actually achieve can be very beneficial. That way, you can keep track of what you’ve accomplished instead of looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed.
10. Prioritize your study time.
Some exams will be more difficult than others, some you may find easier to study for. Some may be worth more of your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams to consider and determine all of the involved factors so you can study accordingly.
11. Study for the style of exam.
If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.
12. Quiz yourself.
If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam. Draft potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.
13. Meet with your professor or TA.
Often times, meeting with an instructor, whether it’s a professor or a TA, can give you helpful hints for what to study and ways to prepare for the exam.
14. Reorganize your notes.
Evaluate and reorganize your notes into what’s important, outlining important concepts, formulas dates and definitions so they’re easy to understand.
15. Pace yourself.
Make sure you stay focused and don’t burn yourself out. A great way to do so is to pace yourself rather than opting for the dreaded all-nighter. You can easily pace yourself by following tips like starting early, creating a study schedule and taking breaks when necessary!
16. Teach classmates.
Learning by teaching is a method that really works! If you work with a study buddy and explain concepts to one another, you're re-learning the material all over again. It's a great way to reinforce what you've learned and help someone in the meantime!
17. Revolve your focus.
Switching up your subjects is a helpful way to learn everything for your exams while preventing burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up before your eyes glaze over! That way, you can keep studying for longer periods of time while maintaining your focus.
18. Color code it.
Create a system that allows you to color code material that's going to be on the exam by what's most important, less important, etc. This will help you focus on the most pertinent information and prioritize the material.
If you're a visual learner, it can help to create mind maps or diagrams to visualize how the concepts you're learning relate to one another. This is especially beneficial when learning concepts that build upon the understanding of one another, like in science courses.
20. Make it fun.
It's easier to focus if you adapt to studying by quizzing yourself, creating acronyms or rewarding yourself for a job well done. Create a game plan - literally - that allows you to accomplish tasks and be rewarded for each.
For example, why not reward yourself with a piece of chocolate or a sip of your coffee after you've accomplished a new chapter or allow yourself five minutes of free time for every chunk of material you digest?
You can even add in fun factors like power-ups every time you learn a new definition and lose a life, which means you add another definition to your list, when you get an answer wrong!
Our Counseling Center is offering the following groups for fall 2019:
Interpersonal Therapy Group (The "IT Group")
Feeling connected, understood, and supported are important parts of wellbeing, yet many people find themselves locked into patterns of communication that get in the way of connecting effectively. The IT Group focuses on practicing authenticity, openness, and mutual support in a safe setting, so that you can learn how to do so in your life outside of group and become your "best self."
- All Semester (Skipping Monday Holidays)
- Mondays, 3:30-5pm
- Starts September 30th or October 7th, TBA
Graduate Student/Older Student Group
Often the issues that affect graduate students and older undergraduate students (24 and older) are somewhat different from those that affect younger students. It can help to have a confidential place to speak with and listen to students with similar issues and experiences. The aim of this group is to provide a therapeutic space for such students to discuss, reflect, and share with one another in a supportive atmosphere.
- All Semester
- Fridays, 9am-10:30am
- Starts September 27th
Being a woman in our society comes with unique challenges, frustrations, and joys. So often, women are set up to believe that we have to tear one another down in order to succeed, when in reality, the more we lift one another up, the better we all feel and the more we can achieve. The Women’s Group is a place where women can come together to support one another, connect with one another, and help one another to weather the challenges and frustrations and celebrate the joys in a safe, supportive environment. There will also be an optional expressive arts component to the group.
- All semester
- Fridays, 1pm – 2:30pm
- Starts September 27th
Other group offerings are being discussed, and may be implemented based on need and staff availability.
Groups are determined based on student interest. We are open to suggestions for new groups as new needs arise. Groups run on the basis of availability and amount of interested students and available Counseling Center staff. Examples of previous groups include: Grief Groups, Alcohol/Substance Abuse Groups, and Stress Management Groups.
Important Notes on Groups:
- If you are interested in a group, please contact the Counseling Center within the first 3 weeks of the semester.
- Unless otherwise specified, all groups require signing up in advance.
- Some groups may require a screening/orientation session before the group begins.
- If drop-in groups become available during the semester, these will be advertised as such.
No workshops are currently running at the Counseling Center for Fall 2019. Staff, faculity, and student groups are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center with requests for specific workshops. We can accommodate most requests.
Previous Workshops include
- Reducing Anxiety
- Test Anxiety/Stress Management
For further information please contact the UMass Dartmouth Counseling Center, Auditorium Annex, Room 101 or call 508 -999-8648/8650