By Emily Dimytosh PLA Marketing team Leader
My housemates told me I was crazy this week when I told them I had already started studying for exams. I had begun going over lecture notes from the first class, and turning everything into an exam-type question. By next week, I’ll have a mini-exam for each lecture. Then, from middle of November until my exam, I have something to distract me for the 25 minutes on a stationary bike I’ve committed to putting in every day.
“Your first exam’s not until December 8th,” they protested. “You are going to forget everything you are studying now and then have to do it all over again during exam period!”
And that’s where they were wrong.
We’ve all studied for enough tests via repetition that we know the more times we go over something, the easier it is to retain. You write down the capital cities of Canada or recite major dates in Canadian history enough times and eventually, they’ll stick.
The problem is, by starting to study in exam period, sometimes we don’t leave ourselves enough time for things to get stuck. Frankly, the most stressful exam situations I’ve been in have been wondering if I’m actually going to be able to learn all this in time. By starting early, I know I’ll have enough time to go over everything. And likely, I’ll remember it better because I’ve gone over it so many more times.
The best part? When exam time rolls around, I know I’ll have everything under control and it’ll be my housemates that are going nuts.