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Top 10 study tips

Dec. 2, 2013 — Finals are almost here. Use these study tips, provided by TCC counselors, to prepare and get that A.

1. Dedicate a space for studying that is free from distractions.

2. Read textbooks and all reading assignments. Take notes and highlight as you read. Consider reading out loud or to a study partner. Organize your textbook and lecture notes, as well as any maps, charts or handouts provided by the instructor.

3. Begin studying for exams early. Study in 50-minutes blocks and then take 10-minute breaks. Attend any test review sessions and review study guides. Form study groups and help each other prepare.


4. Ask the instructor what will be covered on the exam. Find out if the exam covers the most recent material presented, or is a comprehensive exam.

5. Practice math equations and scientific formulas.

6. Use flashcards to aid memorization.

7. Practice writing essay questions.

8. Avoid all-nighters and cram sessions.

Adrian Wiley and Richshawna Brown study on the Norfolk Campus.

9. Get seven or eight hours of sleep before the exam, eat a balanced diet and exercise before the test to increase alertness.

10. Come fully prepared with pencils and calculators ready. Arrive a few minutes early to get settled. If you experience test anxiety, know that this is normal and consider thinking of the test as just another assignment and mentally put yourself in the space where you usually study.