As an an adult graduate student, chances are you’ve got a lot more going on in your life than just school. You’re likely raising a family, working a job or two to provide for said family and then, of course, there are your studies. Needless to say, when you’re as busy as you are, you have to make some decisions on how to budget your time – and it’s not uncommon for studying to get pushed off until the night before a test.
That’s OK – if you know how to study accordingly. With that in mind, here’s a look at 6 last minute study tips for busy students:
1. There’s an App for That:
Students are often taught to make flashcards as a studying technique. But for the busy student on the go, this isn’t always feasible. So use technology to your advantage. Apps like Chegg Flashcards allow students to create flashcards on their mobile devices on the go. Perfect for the busy student.
2. Droid Scan:
Here’s another great way to review notes on the go – scan them into your mobile device using the Droid Scan mobile app. It’s a high-res app, so the quality is good and you can simply pull up these important scanned study tools when you have time.
3. Record Lectures or Review Sessions:
It’s amazing what you can do with technology these days. So if you’re attending an important review session, bring a voice recorder or download an app to record the professor’s review session on your phone or tablet. Then you can simply pop this recording on and re-listen to the review session just about anywhere.
4. Study Right before Bed:
Studies show that when you study right before you hit the sheets, the information you learn will circulate through your brain as you sleep, thereby allowing you to better remember it come morning.
5. Get Sleep:
To piggyback off the previous point, a loss of sleep erodes memory performance. So be sure that you’re getting plenty of it the night before a big test. No all-nighters!
6. Post-it Notes:
Jot down key terms and definitions on post-in notes and place them in frequented places, like on mirrors, kitchen appliances, on the dashboard of your car, etc. This way, you’re constantly seeing these terms and digesting them.