By TXST SLAC
Once a “test week” has passed, lots of students get caught in the same trap they did at the beginning of the semester: falling behind! Here are some tips for staying on track until your next round of exams:
- Use your planner or a large calendar to note all of your assignments and due dates.
- Complete your assignments and maintain organized notes.
- Correct those questions you missed, if you get tests back, to keep from making the same mistakes on the final and having to track down correct answers when you need to be studying for other exams.
- Speak with your professor or grader to see what things you need to change for the next test if you did not do as well as you would have liked.
- Seek out students who did well on tests/essay exams and ask if you can study with them.
- Go to SLAC, the Math Lab, the Writing Center, or other relevant tutorial services now—get help before the next exam or essay test (see http://www.txstate.edu/slac/othersupport.html for links to academic services).
- Take time to de-stress by walking during and after studying, as this can help you generate new ideas and approaches.
- Lessen your tension also by punctuating your studying with short and sometimes longer breaks.
- Use HALT to help you remember to check to see if you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired as your physical well-being affects your attitude.
Whatever you do, do not simply shrug off a bad test or essay grade as a “fluke”—but don’t beat yourself up about it either. Remember that we learn as much or more from failure as we do from success. Use this as an opportunity to grow and learn different ways to study. Using the same approach in preparing for the next test will likely yield the same results! Likewise, if you do well on an exam or essay, pat yourself on the back and duplicate that study approach when the next test/essay approaches.