We all know the stress of mid-terms, finals, and even the pop up quizzes throughout the semester. As a Junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), I’ve found some study tips that have helped me increase my GPA that will hopefully help you prepare too!

 1. Do NOT cram study!

I know we all get busy and the last thing we want to do is put out noses in our text books. However, cram studying is never the best choice. You should start studying at least a week in advance for your major tests. Studying for 30-40 minutes a day is more effective then cramming in all the information the day before, or the day of!

2. Read over your notes

Everyone takes notes in class, however not very many people go back through and read them. It’s important for you to review the notes you took from class. Use a highlighter to go back through and highlight the key topics. Then I like to use an assorted color pen and underline the key details that I need to remember.

3.  Attend academic workshops

At IUP, the school and different organizations provide workshops for students to attend. From tutor sessions to time management classes, IUP offers a variety of useful and fun workshops for students.

4. Use resources on campus

A perfect example of a resource on campus to use to help your grades is the writing center. Through the writing center you can submit a paper you’re writing for class and they will go over it for you. This is extremely useful! They will read over your paper and ask you what you’re struggling with. Then they will walk you through the process to help you understand why you need to change or rearrange your paper. This is more helpful then them fixing your paper themselves. It provides you with the skills you need to be able to go through you’re paper alone in the future and understand what needs fixed and why.

5. Make note cards

Everyone has their own way of studying; however I feel like everyone should take use of the note cards! While you’re filling out your note cards, you’re not only going back through your notes, but also rewriting them, which is extremely beneficial. I also think that you’re more likely to study if all you need is a small stack of note cards verses your whole notebook. Highlighting and underlining your note cards as well is helpful when you go to review your note cards before class.


Brooke Patterson

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