Study Tips

Study Tip #4: Exam Preparation Guide

Finals are about to begin in a month’s time. Thus, GUTS has prepared a comprehensive exam prep guide. Use this guide to ace your exams.

 

  • Start preparing ASAP, ideally one week before for a 3-credit class, 8 days for a 4-credit class, and 10 days for a 5-credit class.
  • Divide study material into manageable chunks with specific timeframes for each section.
  • Allocate time for review sessions closer to the exam date to consolidate understanding and reinforce key concepts.
  • Experiment with study timings to find peak productivity, tracking associated parameters.
  •  Quiet Places
    • Law Library, Geography Library, Wisconsin Historical Society Library
  •  Moderate Noise Places
    • Merit Library, Discovery Building, Microbial Sciences
  •  Social Places
    • College Library, Union South, Memorial Union, SAC

 

  • Review the Topics First
    • Before studying intensively, review course materials broadly to grasp the scope. This helps in effective prioritization and focus during study sessions.
  • Explain the Topic to Someone
    • Teaching others reinforces understanding; explain learned material to a partner and revise based on their questions. This iterative process deepens comprehension.
  • Solve as Many Questions as You Can
    • Active problem-solving enhances studying by tackling practice questions, quizzes, or past papers.
    • Analyze mistakes to refine understanding and focus on conceptual application.
    • Engage in group discussions for deeper insights and collaborative learning.

Study Tip #3: Feynman’s Technique to become the master of the subject

Richard Feynman, a renowned physicist and Nobel laureate, often humbly remarked, “I was an ordinary person who studied hard.” Let’s explore his approach to mastering content!

Jot down everything you know about the subject you’re aiming to grasp. As you delve into the topic and acquire new insights, keep adding them to your sheet. You can make this as visual as possible.

Teach the concept to someone else or an imaginary audience using simplified language so that a child could understand. This may reveal some gaps in your understanding.

Study again, but this focus on the gaps discovered in the step 2. Study till you fill these gaps and turn these gaps into a filled concrete foundation!

Practice explaining your simplified concept to someone else to check if you understand it well. Pay attention to any questions they ask or where they seem confused. Keep refining your explanation until you’re confident in your understanding.

Study Tip #2: Memorization: How to become the next world memory champion

While the retention of words and numbers may present challenges, the human capacity for visual memory is often underestimated. Our cognitive faculties exhibit a remarkable proficiency in recalling images, events, and spatial information. This heightened ability to retain visual stimuli not only enriches our cognitive repertoire but also underscores the importance of leveraging visual aids in educational and professional contexts. We will talk about how you, yes you, can hone your memory to become the next memory champion.

Not just any image, but make the image as bizarre as possible. For instance, Definition of Combustion : A reaction where a compound reacts with oxygen, ………., boring! 

Instead : 

In a surreal landscape, a towering slice of pizza hovers as oxygen molecules, donning jetpacks and flamethrowers, descend. They ignite a wild party atop the pizza, turning it into flames and smoke. Amidst the chaos, a wise owl holds a sign: “Pizza(Fuel) + Oxygen = CO2 + H2O.”

  1. Memory Palace is the number one technique that memory champions use. Learn how you can apply this mnemonic technique.  
    1. Choose a familiar place: Start by selecting a location you know well, such as your home, a route you frequently walk, or your college campus. The more familiar the place, the better.
    2. Visualize the route: Mentally walk through this place and identify specific locations or landmarks along the way. These could be rooms in your house, landmarks on your route, or buildings on your campus.
    3. Associate information with locations: As you mentally walk through your chosen place, associate the information you want to remember with specific locations or landmarks. For example, if you’re trying to remember a list of items, you might imagine placing each item at a different location along your route.
    4. Create vivid images: Make the mental images as vivid, colorful, and bizarre as possible. The more outlandish and memorable the images, the easier they’ll be to recall later.

    Practice retrieval: To reinforce your memory, mentally walk through your Memory Palace and recall the information you’ve associated with each location. Repeat this process until you can easily recall the information without effort.

Just like how regular exercise strengthens your muscles, consistent mental exercise can enhance your memory. Be deliberate about what you want to remember, actively engage with the material, and foster genuine interest in the subjects you’re studying. By approaching memory training with focus and dedication, you can improve your ability to retain information and achieve your academic and personal goals.