Center for Student Success employees offer final exam study tips

It’s that time of year again. Finals. Now, before every student on campus starts to head into the never-ending abyss of stress and worry, here are some tips from Karen Franklin and Beth Stuart from the Center for Student Success.

Karen Franklin: Director of Student Disabilities Services

Top study tips

It is best to have a plan, Franklin said. Know when to take breaks and how long to study for. Drop the multitasking and distractions that phones and social media can provide.

As for ways to study, she suggests using note cards, talking the notes out—whether it be by yourself or with a study group—and rewriting class notes.

“If you don’t understand something just contact your faculty,” Franklin said. “You are at Queens for their help.”

Secret study space

There are the usual places to study: library, Coffee House and Einstein’s. But if students are looking for a quiet, private place to study, there are rooms down around the Center for Student Success (bottom floor of Dana), she said. These rooms are always open, and there are tables and chairs located in the actual center. The third floor of Rogers also has empty rooms available.

Personal preference

When Franklin was in college, her favorite ways to study were copying her notes over and working in study groups. The repetition of information and seeing what she may have missed through other’s work helped her tremendously, she said.

Beth Stuart: Associate Dean of the Center for Student Success  

Top study tips

Like Franklin, Stuart suggests working in a study group ahead of the test date. This prevents confusion, and other students can clear up questions. Writing out every test, exam, paper and project on a desk calendar is also beneficial, she said.

Students can see what they have coming up in the next month and can plan to start studying a week before the exam, she said.

“If you wait until two days before a major test to study,” Stuart said, “you’re not allowing yourself time to think deeply about what you are learning.”

Lastly, students should try to find a theme that can be seen across all subjects, she said, adding that this helps build knowledge and solidify concepts in new ways.

“Highlight textbook information that you’ve heard before and write comments and questions all over the margins,” she said.

Secret study space

Although they aren’t secret, the best places to study are the Center for Student Success, the library and Starbucks, Stuart said.

Personal preference  

Stuart has personally used all of the tips she gave students in the past, she said.

“I’ve actually used this strategy [desk calendar planning] through a master’s and doctoral program,  and it has worked well for me,” said Stuart.

As for Franklin, the most important tip she can give is to“take time and have fun during this stressful time,” she said.

Happy finals, and may the odds ever be in your favor.

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