Work Smart, Study Smart: Tips From Seniors

Reviewing for Biomed, senior Courtney Crook reads from flashcards on Nov. 1.

Flashing screens and blaring music from headphones often accompany students as they cram every last bit information the night before a test. Many seniors have a lot of advice about studying, especially about specific strategies that they have noticed helped them excel academically throughout their high school career.

“I like reviewing what I learned in class a little bit every day in order to avoid cramming in a bunch of information the night before,” senior Emmely Rocha said. “Being in AP classes can get overwhelming and I feel like it is important to keep information flowing in your head. I have gone through this stress that occurs the night before and I have noticed that I don’t see or get the results that I wanted. Of course, there’s times when it feels difficult but it really does pay off.”

Repeating phrases or ideas over an extended period of time is an effective technique that students can utilize as they study. Simply remembering and recalling certain concepts, words or phrases enables the mind to retain the information better.

“With flash cards, I make how many I need and then study them whenever I get the chance throughout the week,” senior Courtney Crook said. “Sometimes I even have people test me. I usually use whiteboards for math because I can get more practice that way.”

There has been an increase in the amount of teachers hosting games of Kahoot! and Quizlet Live the day before a test to get students thinking about what may be on it.

“The study tool that helps me most is Quizlet,” senior Ixchel Espinoza said. “I use Google to search for a topic that I need to study, and find the Quizlet set that works best for me. It’s a beneficial and amazing resource that has helped me succeed in classes that require lots of memorization, understanding and usage such as French and Anatomy.”

Some studying techniques may work well for one person and not at all for another, and there are a plethora of other ways to study. Drawing simple images, re-writing information or creating mnemonics are all common techniques. Some can argue that procrastination and cramming are both easier than studying hard, however full effort and dedication bring results that make it all worth it.

(Featured Photo Courtesy of Courtney Crook)