How to best study for an exam



How to best study for an exam

By: Albery Paula

Exams contribute a great percentage to an individual’s grades; therefore it is crucial to study properly for each exam throughout the semester. There is no such thing as the best way to study for an exam, because everyone learns the course material in different ways and at their own pace. For instance, I like to start studying for an exam at least five days before and study small amounts of information each day, then the day before the exam I just refresh my mind with the main topics.

If the exam deals with many definitions, then I make index cards and try to relate each of the word with things that I can remember. However, if the exam deals with problem solving and calculations, I will take out the main problems from the textbook and do them before the exam to have a sense of how the exams problems will be like. And if I do not understand something, I will either go to the professor office hours or ask for a tutor.  The best advice that I can give is to study for the exam a couple of days in advance, so you do not have to panic and cram the night before.

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How to Ask your Professor for Help

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How to Ask your Professor for Help


Asking your professor for help may be one of the most intimidating things you have to deal with at school, yet it shouldn’t be. Professors are there to help you out and aid you in understanding the concepts. There are a couple of ways you could approach your professors.

The first, and probably most obvious, is to go in during their office hours and talk to them in person. This is a quick and easy way to ask for help from your professor, because you can just drop in and they should be there to answer it without prior scheduling.

Another way to ask the professor is to set up an appointment in Starfish (on Blackboard) or emailing them for an appointment. This guarantees that you will have personal 1-on-1 time with your professor, as opposed to the possibility of numerous people when you go in for office hours. Make sure that when you go to ask for help you are ready with questions. Professors need to know what you don’t understand; don’t just say, “I don’t get Chapter 4”.

Trust me: none of the professors are out to get you. They want you to succeed and further your academic success. Your professor is just another resource to help you earn that “A” in your class.

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Just Do You!

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Everybody has different studying habits. Some like to study late at night, while others during the day. Some enjoy studying with people, while others prefer isolation. Some like to study with music, while others in silence. When it comes to studying, I like to abide by the motto “Just do you.”  With that in mind, an environment according to your studying preferences is key.  SHU students often forget  the different locations around campus that can lead you towards success.


The library works for all different types of “studiers”. If you like complete silence, I recommend The Silent Study Room on the second floor of Walsh Library (they have really comfy chairs). Another great place for silence is the Italian Studies area on the third floor. If you need a little bit of background noise, you can also use the computer area on the second floor where extra tables are available.

The Cove:

Another great place for studying on campus is the Cove. Located in the University Center, the Cove is perfect for those who like background noise and food. You can set up camp at a booth or any of the couches on the main floor. Outlets are also all around the room for computer use.

The Galleon Dining Hall:

This  Galleon Dining Hall is excellent for finals. The weekends host continuous dining from 10:30 am to 7:45 pm, so you can set up camp and snack all day. It’s a great place to study with your friends (as long as they have something to do as well).


Students also forget the many classrooms on campus that are often empty. I usually like to get to class a good 30 minutes before a quiz and read over my notes in silence. This way I can settle myself down for the class and study beforehand without wasting the ten minute transition period. The classroom setting usually forces me to focus and do my work.

Study Rooms in Dorms:

Lastly, for those winter months, study rooms within the residence halls are a great option. Study Rooms are available in every residence hall on campus. In addition, it’s a great idea to take advantage of the Tutors In-Residence (TIRS).

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