This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Create a task list for each exam course or paper/project. Determine which tasks are your priorities to complete over your break period. Weigh the following factors:
- Are there projects/papers/presentations that will be due before the end of the semester?
- Are your outlines up-to-date for all of your exam courses?
- Are certain courses extremely difficult for you and need additional review time?
- Are you aware that you are behind in certain courses or portions of courses?
- Do you need to make tables, flowcharts, or other graphics if you are a visual learner?
- Are there certain supplemental materials that you want to read and study to clarify certain topics?
- Have you had a chance to do practice questions for your exam courses?
- Do you need to spend more time on memorization of the law?
- Will you be meeting with a study group during the break period?
The Thanksgiving holiday is around the corner. What does that break period mean for you? This week’s tips will focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the holiday.
Be realistic about your holiday plans. It is common to tell yourself that you will study at least ten times more than you actually can or will do. Lay out a study plan that will be achievable rather than unrealistic. Think about your travel mode, your travel time, your family expectations, your priorities for studying, and your need for balance. Sit down with your calendar now and plan your study strategy.
In Spring 2011, Genetics and the Law, taught by Professor Mark Rothstein, will have a new course number 997-08, and a new course ID 14417. Please use these new numbers when registering for this course.
Based on student feedback, the attached summer schedule has been selected. This was Option 1 among the 4 options provided, and had the greatest student support among those who completed and submitted the feedback forms. While all schedules are always "tentative," this will be the Summer 2011 schedule unless circumstances change or unusual situations arise. You may want to consider this schedule when selecting Spring 2011 classes. However, students are reminded that a course normally has to have an enrollment of at least 5 students to avoid cancellation. If you have any questions, please contact Dean Arnold, email@example.com.
Pre-registration forms (including special permission for priority registration) for ALL students must be returned to the Student Records Office by 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 3.
Be sure to read all registration instructions before registering for classes. If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
Tackle any test anxiety that you have now. There are a number of strategies for test anxiety. The sooner you implement them, the better.
- The deeper your understanding of the material, the more likely that you will remember it during an exam. Study to understand and not just to remember.
- The more “avenues” that you create to retrieve information from long-term memory, the more likely that you will remember it during the exam. For example: read your outline; create a graphic; drill with flashcards; create hypos to illustrate; do practice questions; discuss with friends; etc.
- Do as many practice questions as possible. You will be more confident in your approach to the type of exam questions and more confident that you can apply the material to new facts.
- Begin doing relaxation exercises now. For simple relaxation techniques, visit https://louisville.edu/counseling/prismold/mediation-topics/relax.html/.
- Try the progressive relaxation exercise at http://hws.edu/studentlife/counseling_relax.aspx. This exercise will direct you to systematically relax your major muscle groups. The recording is approximately 9 minutes long.
- Get extra sleep during the last week of classes and exams. You are more likely to remain calm during exams and remember material if you are rested.
- If your test anxiety is especially serious or long-standing, make an appointment with the Counseling Center to discuss additional techniques. 852-6585