Moderation key to midterm A’s

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(Photo by Garrett Sorrels)
(Photo by Garrett Sorrels)

When it comes to finals, one does not simply pass without studying.

Not studying for finals is a relatively bone-headed idea and should only be attempted if you have a photographic memory and have read the entire textbook. In other words, no one at this school should ever attempt this.

But, it is important to remember that when it comes to studying, moderation is always a better approach than mindlessly cramming piles of useless information into your head in a frantic scramble. The useless information helplessly rattling around in your tired brain will far outweigh that which is relevant. By moderation, I mean of course studying specific material over a short period of time, say 15 or 30 minutes.

Your memory and comprehensive faculties will work much better when they are not used up at once. Studying for these short little bursts is proven to be more effective as you’ll remember in greater detail what you need to know come finals. Many teachers offer helpful study guides, which you would be wise to use, however other teachers instruct you to review past tests. Both are your greatest resource when it comes to preparing for finals.

Better yet, they give you a template to use when you study as opposed to flipping through page after page of old, disappointing test grades and finals review sheets. Tackle the study guides and old tests section by section, unit by unit. Do not push yourself to finish them all in a few days before finals. Rather, I suggest starting at least a week ahead of time before and tackling a class review bit by bit over one day. Then when you are done you will have a day to skim over all of your classes, touching up on any units you need to.

Teachers are another great source as they are almost always available during and even after and before school hours to answer your questions. They are more than willing to answer any questions you might have. Do not be afraid to talk to them if you are having difficulty  understanding some of the material. In addition to the teacher-provided study guides and teachers, another great resource is Quizlet.Quizlet

This flashcard based site provides a rich fountain of wealth from other students in your grade and often times can save you a trip to the teacher. This is a lifesaver when it comes to understanding something if you are the shy type.

Perhaps the most commonly missed opportunity for studying at St. Thomas is the self-help day before exams. While many of us have a commute we would rather avoid if we could, self-help day is more than meets the eye. During this short half day, all of the teachers are here to answer any and all of your questions.

Remember to take things slow this year, and good luck.

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Erich Hennings is a Junior at St. Thomas. He started working for the Eagle fall 2015. His job entails writing opinion pieces for the paper and formatting and writing other articles for the web edition of the paper. His office hours are 3:00 PM-4:00PM every Tuesday and Thursday. He can be found in his office, a 2006 beige Toyota Camry which can be located on the second floor of the parking garage on the south side of campus. He is willing to accept donations to help him fund his work; working as hard as he does gives him a tremendous appetite.

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