Winter break is almost in sight, and that can only mean one thing — final exams are even closer. Hopefully, you are already spending multiple hours a day studying, barricading yourself in a cubicle in the Morgan Library basement for a few hours a day — but if you aren’t, we have a few study tips that might help you prepare for your upcoming exams.
Whether you are studying on campus, or in your CSU off-campus housing, it is important that you buckle-down and begin to study smarter, not harder. Below, we have listed a few of our favorite study tips that might be beneficial for you to practice.
Study With Others
One of the best ways to retain information is to study with others. There is something about having a conversation about a topic that makes it much easier to remember — or you can go with your usual method and stare at the sheet of paper hoping that something will happen.
When you study with someone else, it is important to carefully choose who they are. We aren’t saying that you can’t study with your best friend, we are just saying that if all they want to do is talk about the party that you went to last week that they might not be a very helpful study partner. Instead, choose someone who genuinely cares about doing well on the exam.
Turn On Some Music
If you are at the library it might not be appreciated by others for you to pull out your Bluetooth speaker, so maybe when it comes to listening to music while studying you should consider studying at your apartment in Fort Collins near CSU. Studies have shown that playing music in the background while you study can actually improve your memory retention.
When choosing music to study to, consider playing something that you have heard before that is both mellow, yet entertaining. While you might think that your favorite artist’s new album would be a great choice, it is better to pick something that you won’t find yourself getting distracted by. Instead, pick something that you can play in the background that won’t be distracting.
Read It. Say It. Write It.
If you are studying for a test where the best way to succeed is to memorize the definitions and dates that have been taught to you the last semester, consider reading, writing, and saying the study terms. Studies have shown that one of the best ways to memorize content is to speak the terms aloud and write them down multiple times all while reading the content from its source.
In doing so, you will be doing a lot more than just trying to find a place to store the information in your brain, but you will also be utilizing muscle memory to cement the terms, definitions, and dates into your memory.
Relax In Your Colorado State University Off-Campus Housing
Sometimes the best way to prepare for your final exams is to relax — after all, if you stress yourself out too much you might not get enough sleep. So kick back and relax, put on your favorite movie, make a cup of tea, and most importantly, get a good night of sleep.
We hope that today’s blog post provided you with some helpful study tips that you can use to prepare for your upcoming exams. Are you interested in seeing what this Colorado State University off-campus housing is all about? Be sure to stop by and visit us today at the Landmark Apartments on the corner of Prospect and Shields! Contact us today if you have any questions.