Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you week got off to an excellent start and you all had a fabulous Monday. Today is another installment of my Back To School Series where I share with you some of the things that might help you adjust to college whether you have been there before or this is your first rodeo. As always let me know if you have any questions or requests. Today I wanted to share something that I think is absolutely vital if you are going to be a successful college student. That is how to study for a test that is really difficult. It happens to all of us. We end up in a class that kills our souls. It’s the class with the most difficult exams ever. There are also classes where everything is fine, the only issue is not knowing how to study for the exam. Hopefully these tips help you at some point during your college career. Without further ado, let’s get started.

1. Organize your study space. This is the most important thing. Whether you are sitting at your desk in your dorm or at a table in the library, it is important to be organized. This will aid in being productive and efficient in your studying. Make sure it is clean and there is no clutter. Make sure you have all the tools you need and want to be prepared.

2. Take regular breaks. Studying is important, but if you study for hours on end with no breaks, you will get burned out. It’s important to take breaks so you can collect your thoughts and refocus. It’s ideal to have a snack and take a walk for 15-20 minutes between studying.

3. Rewrite your notes. This is something I always do. I take extensive notes because as a History major there just isn’t any real way around it. So it always helps to rewrite them because it is a nice refresher. If I just read them I sometimes skip certain things unintentionally, but if I rewrite them I have to read every single word. It also helps because the first time around in class they may be sloppy and unorganized. It’s always good to go back and clean them up a little.

4. Keep healthy snacks with you. It’s always good to have a granola bar or something with you because if you’re hungry it’s hard to focus on anything else. So having a small snack during one of your breaks is a great way to refocus and regroup before heading back in.

5. Drink plenty of water. It’s essential to stay hydrated when you are trying to focus and also remember all of this information. So drinking water is a great way to do that. It will keep you focused and keep your blood flowing.

6. Make flash cards. This is a great way to absorb a lot of information at once. It’s also a good way to filter through what you know and what you don’t know. It’s also just a really fun way to study and makes studying with another person really easy.

7. Study everyday. Don’t wait until a couple of days before an exam to start studying. Study everyday. Reread your notes after class. Catch up on things you may have missed. Ask you professor about things you don’t understand. Make sure you have all the knowledge about something you can. That’s the best way to be successful.

8. Cut out distractions. When studying it can be easy to get bored and get distracted by something more entertaining. It happens to the best of us. It’s super important to eliminate all possible distractions which means putting your phone away and staying of distracting websites. If possible avoid studying on your bed. If you need to study somewhere other than your room, it might be a good idea.

9. Don’t neglect the “easy stuff”. It’s really easy to assume you don’t need to study the things you already know, but that isn’t true. It’s important to cover all of the material that way the day of the exam you aren’t struggling to remember those things. Being as prepared as possible is the best way to truly be successful.

10. Review the day of the exam. Get up a little extra early to make sure you have time to get ready and review. There is nothing worse than waking up late and rushing the day of an exam. Reviewing your material the day of your exam is a nice little refresher before you go in. You may not be able to review everything, but you can review things you may have been struggling with.

11. Don’t skip class. Skipping class is something we all do sometimes. But when it comes time to prepare for an exam, going to class is crucial. Not only will details of the exam be provided, but the professor may also review some. It is absolutely vital to go to class when preparing for an exam. Not doing so is selling yourself short.

Those are my tips for preparing for a difficult exam, or any exam really. I hope you find this helpful. Please like it if you do. Comment your favorite tips in the comments. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!