Study Tips For College Exams

Study Tips For College Exams

Because we could all use the help.


Being a college student can be many things such as fun and exciting, but all students feel stressed about exams at some point. Preparing for tests in college can be difficult because you may not know what to expect from each professor. I find multiple-choice exams easier because the correct answer is right in front of you, all you need to do is find it. On essay-based tests, there is a chance of not understanding the question and you receiving a negative grade all because the test is open-ended. Studying smarter and more worthwhile leads to more academic success than trying to cram for a test the night before. Below are different ways of studying that can help on your next college exam.

1. Flashcards

As elementary as it may seem, flash cards are a good way of memorizing important terms and concepts. They are easy to make out of any kind of paper and add a sense of repetition to a study session. Repetition is a well-known important aspect of learning and improves memory performance. For students of the digital age, there are online versions of flashcards which can just as beneficial.

2. Practice Tests

Taking your study materials and designing your own exam is an excellent studying method. If you can understand what answers come easy for you and what content you struggle with, you will have a better idea of what you need to review a little more. Another factor of this study method is if you try and teach the concepts to another person, whether that be a roommate or a friend. If you can successfully educate someone on the subject you're learning, then you should be comfortable enough with the material to take a test.

3. Study Guide Outline

Many college professors do not give out a study guide like teachers at a high-school level do. It is up to the student what information should be a roadmap to satisfactory test results. The reason making your own study guide is helpful is it gives you a space to break down a bulk of information into simpler concepts and to learn the content more efficiently. Making a list that includes the main points and important terms are crucial when creating your own study guide.

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All of these studying techniques have a productive impact on learning and show higher levels of engagement with the content. After the first exam in every class, you can gauge how well you do on a particular type of test and which way of studying is best for you. These methods all have beneficial factors that can aid in helping you earn the grade you need to get the degree you want.

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7 Phrases You've Been Misquoting

That doesn't mean what you think it means.

It's an ancient tradition - words of wisdom passed down in short phrases from one generation to the next. The problem with this is that sometimes, things get switched around and the original meaning is lost. We often misquote famous phrases without even knowing it. In fact, do you know that the most famous misquote is from "Apollo 13"?

Thankfully, we have the internet; where there is always someone there to fact check you. These phrases look a little different when you get to see the whole picture.

1. Blood is thicker than water.

The full saying is actually “the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” Basically, it means exactly the opposite of what most people think. It refers to the idea that the bonds you choose to make can mean much more to you than the ones you were born into and don’t have much of a say in.

2. Curiosity killed the cat.

This phrase continues: “but satisfaction brought it back.” This makes sense, considering the whole idea that cats get nine lives. I often heard the first half when I was little and asking too many questions, but the full phrase suggest that there is no such thing as too many questions.

3. A jack of all trades is a master of none.

This saying got cut short as well and originally said “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” Unlike what our version would lead you to believe, having multiple interests but not being an expert in anything could actually prove advantageous.

4. Great minds think alike.

“Small minds rarely differ” is the following line to this once reassuring quote. I would advise you try not to think about that too much the next time you and your classmates are on a roll with your group project, sometimes phrases get cut short for good reason.

5. Money is the root of all evil.

Again, the original version is a little longer. This biblical phrase originally reads “The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.” There’s a difference in making more money than you could possibly spend and keeping it.

6. My country, right or wrong.

This is often used to justify supporting bad wars, the original actually says “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong to be set right.” This puts the responsibility on the citizen to make sure their country is a good one, not the other way around.

7. Starve a cold, feed a fever.

I’ve only heard this a couple times and it could have multiple meanings just by reading it differently. Not only is it terrible advice, it’s poorly quoted. The original states “if you starve a cold, you’ll have to feed a fever.” Now, that’s advice I can take to heart.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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