Volume 92, Issue 6
Friday, September 11, 1998
Studying to succeed
Dipesh Mistry/Photo Editor
By Sabrina Carinci
Perhaps one of the biggest differences between high school and university is the amount of time studying can take out of your schedule. When it comes to finding the secrets to success in the world of university tests, exams and assignments, the tricks of the trade are numerous.
1. Buying books Buy them. Waiting until the last minute to purchase your books may result in unnecessary worry warts. Buying your books during the first week of school will usually ensure you a copy of the text you need and will also help you keep on top of your readings. Remember, trying to catch up on your readings the week before an exam is probably the biggest cause for exam stress.
2. Planning ahead Most profs provide a full outline of assignments and tests during the first week of school, so it's possible to have an assignment finished long before the due date. Sure, you might be tagged by others as slightly geekish, but at least you won't be the one pulling your hair out the night before the assignment is due.
3. Going to class Go. Some profs make a point of taking attendance in lecture, so you should make an effort to get your ass out of bed and into class on time. Now, if there's one tidbit of information you should remember, this is it attendance and participation marks are dead giveaways; do not let them slip-out from under you.
4. Taking notes Not everything your prof says will be noteworthy so don't try to be a keener and write down every word that comes out of your prof's mouth. If you still are not confident in notetaking 101, then consider tape recording the lecture while you make notes so you have something to fall back on. However, before you bring the sound equipment into class, remember to ask your prof or TA if they won't mind being tape recorded.
5. Studying Try getting into the habit of studying during lunch. The odd hour between classes offers a comfortable time to pop open the books and might even cut off an hour from your study time after dinner.
6. Study atmospheres Whether you like to study in quiet or rowdy atmospheres, you can be sure to find them both on campus, (if your own room isn't your cup of tea). Find your favourite study spot early on in the year and make sure it works for you.
7. Study breaks Regardless of what is written here, you will probably still find yourself stressed to the max the night before your test or exam. The key to not overloading your brain is to take short, intermittent breaks. Try studying for an hour at a time, then taking a five minute break.
8. Partying The weekend was created for bar hopping and parties, so make the weekdays and weeknights your study time. Remember never to feel bad for missing a party. You're at Western now... there will be a another party tomorrow.
9. Hangovers Don't get wasted the night before class. You'll only have a killer headache and won't be able to concentrate in class that is if you get up on time to attend it.
10. Brown nosing A little puckering up never hurt anyone, so try to visit your profs and TA's. If they can put a face to your name, then you're a step ahead of everyone else.
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