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.

Time Management During College

 

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Time management is something every college student struggles with. Between classes, extra curricular activities and trying to find time to socialize with friends, we as a generation are spreading ourselves too thin. We feel this need to be involved in so many different activities at once or we miss out and most of the time we are not able to give them our all. Everyday I hear my friends talk about how they’re doing this and that and the classic “Oh that’ll look so good on your resume.” I am not denying I have not been like that, but I have found an interest to get involved with things I like rather than what I think will look best on my resume. I have experienced the trial and error moments, and through that I have discovered what works best for me. Whether it is planning my professional activities, academic career or social life, I have learned that with the help of a few time management skills I can get so much accomplished. I have discovered a few key things that help me with time management: a planner, a few minutes at the beginning of the week and a simple routine. I have found that by sitting down on Sunday night for a total of 10 minutes and just looking at what I have coming up for that week, makes my week so much easier. I am able to write down when I have assignments due, meetings and specific social events as well. It might be the type a personality in me, but it is such an easy thing to do and getting it out of the way. Time management is not hard to get the grasp of, but it does take some time. So here’s my advice – take that time, and the rest will fall into place.