How to do well on that first exam

Freshman year of college is often a hard time for most people to settle into. From meeting new people, to getting used to a new schedule, and preparing for class college is different than any previous school experience. Many freshman believe that college is very similar to high school in the sense that they do not have to study for their tests and they can still skate by. That is definitely not the case though in college. To avoid getting a bad grade and a rude awakening on that first college exam I am going to give a few tips on how to get ready for that first big exam.

1. Start early – Don’t think that cramming for your test the night before will get you an A on the exam. I myself did that on my first accounting test here at BenU and I was not pleased with the grade that I received. To avoid this I advise everyone to start studying at least a week ahead of time and study a little bit of information each time.

2. Take good notes – The key to doing well on a test is taking adequate notes. If you do not take good notes then you will not know what to study and in turn will not know what is going to be on the test. Be sure to pay attention in class and write down as much of what the teacher says as you can. Some teachers even tell the class “this will be on the test” or something close to that so make sure to write it down.

3. Talk to your professor – One of the benefits of being at a small university is that if you are the slightest bit confused you can ask your professor for help. Since mosts classes here at BenU are small many teachers will know your name by heart and will be willing to help you after or outside of class. This connection between student and professor is non-existent at large universities with hundreds of students in a single class.

4. Form a study group – Another great way to study is to get together with some people from class and study as a group. This way of studying benefits in many different ways. One way is that the members of the group can bounce ideas of each other to help study better. The group method of studying also brings students together to meet new people, which can also be tough for freshman.

5. Get a good nights rest – It may sound cliche, but a getting a good nights rest the night before an exam is crucial to doing well. Studies show that adequate sleep increases retention rate of information in the brain. As a result of this you there is a higher chance for you to retain information that you have learned before for you to remember for the test.

6. Go to a tutor – Benedictine offers tutors in many subjects including math, science, and writing. These tutors offer personal one on one tutoring sessions free of charge. All you have to do is go down to the lower level of the Krasa Center and look at the tutor schedule. If for some reason there is not a tutor for your specific subject than you can request one in the Student Success Center.

7. Re-write your notes – Once you have completed your notes you should re-write them. Studies show that re-writing things helps you remember them better. Not only this, but re-writing your notes will usually make your notes easier to read. The reason for this is because it is often hard to write down everything the teacher is saying the first time making it difficult to take proper notes. As a result of this re-writing notes makes it easier to read and study for that big test.


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