Go to class!
8:30 am classes are not fun at all but get a good night sleep the day before and wake up early for class! Sometimes you might wonder why bother going if the professor simply reads off the slide but the one day that you decide to sleep in/skip, you'll miss that one piece of information that ends up being on the exam!
Struggling with exams?
Want some tips on how to improve your studying? We gathered the top 10 studying tips from students in Health Studies!
Make useful notes, not copious ones
If you try to write down everything the lecturer says you won't be able to focus on listening. Take notes on selected points and underline or highlight the important ones to make them more obvious. Add any thoughts of your own that arise, but make it clear that they're your own ideas. Check what's going to be in the handouts – you may not need to note things like dates and figures.
Give yourself enough time to study
Don't leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute 'cramming', it's widely accepted that for most of us, this is not the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with.
Don't just memorize, UNDERSTAND!
At university it's not about how much you know, but how well you understand it. That usually means knowing the major issues and debates and putting what you've found out about the topic into that context. It also means being able to communicate your understanding, so knowing how to structure your work and write clearly and academically is really important.
Ask when you need help
Know when to ask for help – and where to get it – there's a lot to get used to when you come to university, and no-one finds it all easy. One of your most important responsibilities is to yourself – to recognise when you need help and to know where to get it. There are plenty of people whose job is to help you get yourself sorted. Don't be afraid of your professor or TAs!
Take care of yourself
Make sure you are attending to the three basics for health and well-being, which are sleep, nutrition, and physical activity. Have a social life, take breaks and reward yourself. Value yourself and what you want to acheive in life.