Enter the Learning Emergency Room!
Work Smarter, Not Harder!
Here are four last-minute tools to maximize your study time and help you catch up in class:
- Divide and conquer. Study only what you don't know. Students who tell me they studied all night and still failed the test are reviewing, not studying. Identify what you need to learn and study only that, in 15 minute spurts (see number 3).
- Use your whole brain. Identify what you need to learn. Then express it some other way: Draw it, dance it, mime it, sing it, translate it into another language. This will help you recall if you draw a blank on the test.
- Take advantage of your subconscious. Your brain tires quickly, and your subconscious replays what you last put into it. So...instead of cramming all night, study in short spurts. Cram for 15 minutes; sleep for 2 hours; cram for 15 minutes; sleep for 2 hours.
- Make a list...even if you're not a list person! Those of you who hate lists and schedules also forget. A list will help you remember what you have to do. It can remind you without controlling you!
Happy Going Home From The Emergency Room!