Study Smart

What to keep in mind when studying for tests and exams

WRITTEN BY: Editorial Staff
Study Smart

Students, for the most part, are taught subjects, but they are not taught HOW to study those subjects. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the time you spend studying.

When to study

A good rule of thumb is that studying should be done when you are well-rested. Last-minute studying just before a class is usually a waste of time.

Where to study

Choose an ideal study location. Libraries, study lounges or private rooms are best. Above all, the place you choose to study should not be distracting.

Stay organized

Keep course materials organized in a planner and use a calendar to mark important exams and project due dates.

Take careful notes

Go over your notes several days prior to an exam so that you have time to ask your professor or TA any questions you have. Highlight important notes and turn them into a question/answer practice quiz. Put them on note cards to quiz yourself in your spare time.

Take short breaks regularly

It usually pays off to take a 10-minute break every hour or so to keep from getting frustrated or tired when studying.