As I reach the end of Spring semester as a junior in college, my mind already wants to shift towards Summer vacation mode. I have one thing keeping me from being free of my class obligations: FINAL EXAMS.
Ending the semester on a good note can make your grade sky rocket to where you need it to be. Students cannot expect professors to give study guides for exams. Therefore, I prioritize making a study guide that’s easy to understand, underlines basic concepts, key vocabulary and practice questions. This is what I do:
First, I begin by going through the notes I took during class, usually from PowerPoint or directly from the professor’s lecture. Understanding the content that will go on a good review is the first part.
Secondly, I read the selected chapters from the coursepack on Omega Notes. The second part includes the structure and layout out of the document. Make the study guide attractive by bolding vocabulary, highlighting equations, inserting images & graphs and tailor the language! Sometimes professors use language that can make material more difficult to understand; make the guide in the language you comprehend. By bolding the vocabulary words and highlighting the equations, I can differentiate those words from the rest and memorize them. Adding addition personal notes such as page references or examples from class really help because.
If you feel like the professor may be moving to fast or there is just too much to write or type, write the main points and go back to them on the course pack or textbook later. Writing every single word on the PowerPoint slide may not help you understand the big picture of the concept. Often exams are tailored around understanding the big idea and knowing how to apply it to questions. What’s better than having a solid study guide for the exam that ensures a good grade? Well, making money off of it! By going to class every day and taking the time to make a study guide, you create a valuable product students will pay for. I sell all of my study guides on Omega Notes and earned over $300. That’s right, the big benefit is that I make money studying at really no cost.
I am a senior at a big state school taking five courses, doing an internship, prospecting for my future job and trying to maintain a suitable social life. Being financially stable while attending college can be a challenge for many students, especially those paying for their own tuition or living situation. Even for those students who are not paying for their tuition, having money in the bank is important for many reasons. The reality is that we want to make money in the most convenient form. Get a job? Sure. But many students cannot cut time from academics to earn cash.
On an average day, I leave my off-campus apartment at 8:00am and return only at night. There must be a way to make money, right? Should I take surveys online? Should I donate my plasma at the local Bio-Life plasma service location? Should I drive for Uber? None of the above. I found a simple solution for this by selling my notes on the digital platform called Omega Notes. I looked into the platform and saw that I could post my notes and sell them at any value I choose. What does this mean? It means that if I go to every class (let that sink in…No skipping or ditching class on hungover mornings) then I have a product that other students don’t. I also added the value of translating complex concepts and terms into a form of language that us students understand. I used a unique technique of placing the product in front of my direct customers – the students in my class at the perfect time. I did this by waiting until 2-3 days before the exam and sending a personal email to each student in the class notifying them I had notes up for sale. The next day I had made around 25 sales and I was happy!
In addition to being mindblown, I had money in my pocket! Since trying this for the first time, I have done this for three exams and had the same outcome. Not only is this a money-maker for me, but it encourages me to take good notes and brainstorming how to earn more money through selling notes.