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Helpful study tips as finals draw near

Ashley Lawson

With final exams just around the corner, it’s easy for students to lose sight of getting that last ‘A’ with daydreams of soaking in the rays of summer.However, there are many tips for staying focused and passing those tough classes with flying colors.

First, it’s suggested to study in a quiet and television-free room.

Students should try not to do all studying the night before the test, instead space it out, review class materials at least several times a week, focusing on one topic at a time.

This helps the brain recognize the information later on.

Students should also try to study well before bedtime. Falling asleep or being tempted to go to sleep, affects their memory.

Instead, students should study in the afternoon or early evening at a table rather than a bed or couch.

Lying down on the bed to read turns into an hour long nap and a bright yellow highlighter spot on the sheets.

Students should take notes and write down a summary of the important ideas as they read through their study material.

“The studying method that works for me is to review my notes everyday and reread the topic chapter to refresh my memory. Doing this everyday helped me prepare for my test by not cramming the night before exam,” said 21-year-old ASU student Natalie Frank.

Many teachers suggest making a personal study guide, either written by hand or typed.

It helps the brain memorize what’s on the exam.

“Drink plenty of water, it keeps the brain hydrated. A hydrated brain can remember more than a dehydrated brain,” said 20-year-old MCC student Jillian Cooke.

One of the most commonly used study tools is flashcards.

Flash cards are a helpful way to study if the exam is based on the memorization of phrases or words rather than knowledge about concepts.

“Always have plenty of lined paper around. Lines help you to write your notes properly and neatly,” said 21-year-old ASU student Kenny Judd.

Students can even get help on campus.

MCC provides tutoring centers around campus where students can go and receive additional help, free of charge for their classes.

There are many different methods for studying and retaining all the information needed for the big exam, but the most important thing to do is not procrastinate.

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