This last week and a half has been intense … to say the least. I had 3 midterms and 2 huge papers, and basically I studied for every spare moment that I had. So, to give you an idea of how (some) college students study, I thought I would share my process with you.
Writing Papers –
When I am writing papers, I really don’t like stopping to look something up or to see how to cite something correctly. This is a serious problem when I am writing my big internship papers, because I am usually citing from about 5 or 6 books for one paper. Hence this studying spread:
I also love being able to lay everything out together, so I either work from the floor or from the futon (in “bed” mode of course). I do prefer working from the futon, because it doubles as study/nap space, and then you don’t feel like you are sitting on the floor either … because you aren’t. But I do like being able to sit down and finish the bulk of the paper all in one sitting (a very rough draft of course) and then leave it for a bit before I come back to edit it again. This takes a long time (I spent about 8-10 hours at least on each of my papers this last week), but it gets the job done, which is all that matters … right?
Studying for Tests –
Studying for tests is where my habits get really strange. Like any other normal person, I review the chapters, then work on the study guide (if you are given one). Depending on how much time I have, I might work through the study guide twice, once in electronic format (copy & pasting a lot of information from class powerpoints), and then once again by making notecards.
Usually I don’t have time for both, so I just make notecards. Then, I take my notecards, I go to the Bathroom, and I talk to myself.
I know, I know … it’s weird. But, it helps me explain the concepts well, which is really helpful when it comes to the essay portion of my tests, because I can truly walk myself through everything, since I had a conversation with myself about it the night before. Trust me, it works!
Check back tomorrow for a blog about my post-test and paper routine … I like it much more than what I do before a test, just as a heads up.
Also, for more information about a great resource that Butler provides students looking for help with their academics, check out the Learning Resource Center.