How To Write An Exam Review That People Want And Need!

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 vocabularyhighlighting equationsinserting 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.

It’s the Little Things That Helped Me Find Balance in College

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There’s a thin line between work and play as a college student.

It’s balancing act you probably never really dealt with before coming to college.

I’m a junior and every semester I still struggle with managing my Type-A-personality-workaholic-perfectionist-tendencies. It took me 3 academic years of trial and error to figure out what worked for me to help find that balance.

For me, it’s the little things. Sprinkling positive, uplifting affirmations throughout my day make schoolwork more exciting and my day just a little more interesting.

I put together a list of my favorite little things that keep morale high throughout the day …

  1. Buy a planner and actually USE IT! – buying a planner is the easy part, using it is the hard part. Your teachers probably give you a syllabus the first day of class, right? At the end of the day, take 10 minutes to write what assignments and tests you have due for your classes. Trust me, knowing what you have due in your classes will reduce stress levels a lot and you’re less likely to get caught in that situation where you realize you have an assignment due … the night before its due.

If you’re looking so spice up your planner game, check out riflepaperco for some planner inspo.

Using “stickies” on your laptop is a free alternative to buying a planner!

 

2. Join a club or organization that you’ll enjoy participating in – Lucky for you, Penn State has literally over 1,000, yes, over one thousand, clubs and organizations to get involved in.

Getting involved on campus keeps you on a schedule and forces you to learn the art of time management.

Joining an organization that meets regularly helps break up your day and give you something to look forward to during studying-induced stress.

  1. Make studying a little more exciting – I’d be lying if I told you I truly loved I think one of the hardest parts it getting into your study groove. To get prepared to do some serious work, I need to find a good study spot (Abba Java and 4th floor Paterno cubbies are my favorite), then find the perfect study playlist. one word: Soundcloud
  1. Don’t forget to take time for yourself — It’s easy to get wrapped up in studying for a midterm worth 25% of your final grade or editing that research paper over and over and over…

But it’s important to give yourself and your brain a break.

Giving yourself a 15-minute study break to take a lap around the library or running a quick errand or calling a family member can be just what you need to refocus, re-energize and de-stress.

 

  1. Make yourself do one stress relieving activity a day – Days can get really jam packed and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed throughout the day.

 

But don’t worry … your busiest week will eventually end.

 Read a few pages of a book you love before bed, find a free yoga class, go on a walk and listen to your favorite song, have a pizza night with your roommates.

If it helps you de-stress and re-motivates you to take on the next day, go for it!