Thursday, December 12, 2013

Exam Essentials + Study Tips

Whether we like it or not, it is that time of year again: midterm season. I don't know about you, but I find it extremely hard to focus on school with the excitement of the holidays and gift giving in just a few days! But, I know that I have to take care of exams before I can get to enjoying the Christmas season to its fullest, so here are a few study essentials and general tips to help those of you who are studying as well! 

:: Study Essentials ::
I am an organizational freak when it comes to school, but even more so for studying. In order to do effectively plan ahead, I make sure to have a planner or to do list to keep track of things I have to do, and thanks to my new Lilly Pulitzer agenda, I can do just that! Also, I stock up on some new pencils, highlighters and notecards so I can write out notes and flashcards to memorize key terms and ideas. Finally, I use a cute lime green notecard file box to organize my flashcards for history because I don't want to lose any of my vocabulary in the black hole known as my backpack. 

:: Study Tips ::
Now, everyone retains information in a completely different way, but you may pick up a few ideas from the methods I use! 

Make a study schedule. First, I make a study schedule planning out my week and what I want to get done each day. I just started doing this this year and I can already tell I am more prepared than last year. 

Go through all study guides you are given and make vocab flashcards. Then, I go through all my study guides and highlight/ underline important information. For vocabulary I have to know, I use Quizlet (aka the best study website known to man) to type out my flashcards and then I write out actual flashcards as well. I find that writing out terms really helps me remember things but Quizlet is better for the terms that you have trouble with.  

Ask your teachers questions. This is so, so important. If you are confused about a topic or need a refresher, just ask! Or even better, make an appointment with them to go over everything to assure you are studying correctly. It's better to clear this up now then regret not doing it after the exam.

Eliminate distractions. We all have those weaknesses that keep us from getting things done. For me they consist of Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and perhaps the most dangerous: Pinterest. To avoid wasting time, I set my phone downstairs and use Self Control, an app that blocks chosen websites from your computer. Let me tell you, it is a lifesaver!

Take efficient breaks. Last weekend I studied all weekend but felt like I barely got anything done. Why? Well, I stayed at my desk nearly all day without sufficient breaks. Taking 30 minutes or so (every 2 hours) to reenergize with a healthy snack, take a brisk walk around your neighborhood or catch up on some texts can get you to focus again and in the long run, you are much more productive!

I wish you all good luck on your exams and hope these little tips and tricks were useful. Leave a comment below if you have any additional advice for studying - I think we could all benefit!


  1. Some evil genius decided to have finals just as the holidays were approaching, I just know it. Thanks for the tips to keep me on track!

  2. too funny that we posted about exams on the same day! great minds ;)
    i should probably download the self control app so I can stay on top of it!

  3. Thanks for the tips on studying for finals! I'm feeling pretty stressed because I need to do pretty well on my finals to keep my grades. I love your tips! I love Quizlet too! Best studying method EVER!

    XOXO, Kate

  4. Love this! I will be using your tips!

  5. I love this ! Your handwriting is so cute as well (; btw where did you purchase this paper, it would be perfect to make a handmade "home agenda" out of.

  6. Those were some really helpful tips, although I would like to know where you purchased or downloaded the paper from! It's really neat aesthetically and looks like it would be efficient as well.

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