First Year Study Tips

It's the end of the term and finals are approaching. For first year students, this can be an anxious time as you do not know what to expect. I am personally a first year student as well and can admit that I am super anxious about the upcoming three weeks as I have exams worth two times the weight of previous exams in high school. During this time, make sure to take breaks to focus on your mental health and sleep. A healthy mind will be your best tool to kill your finals.

Since this may be a frightening and stressful time, we wanted to provide you with some tips on studying and habits to set you up for success this exam period. Obviously, everyone studies differently and what works for some people may not work for others so make sure to learn your study style before you crack open the books.

Tips to crush your exams:

Make a schedule

Although this may sound boring, I promise it helps to ensure you keep on task. Blocking off time for studying for certain classes and creating goals to accomplish during this time will help you ensure you get through all the content you intend to study. Additionally, block of time to watch a TV show or hang out with friends to de-stress. Even though you may think you have no time, this method will allow you to see you do have extra time in your day for some “me time.”

Take the Note Taking, Exam Preparation, and Learning Preferences Workshops through CSAS

Personally, I had to take these classes as part of an incentive program for my economics class, but found these 45 minute courses through CSAS to be extremely beneficial during this time period. All courses offered are free of charge and can be taken online at home through CULearn for convenience. These classes will aide you in finding your study style that will be the most beneficial to your learning type, as well as talk about how important mental health is during exams.

SBSS Study Sessions

This year, the SBSS is offering specific study sessions for three required classes in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of International Business programs. These sessions include one for ECON 1001 on December 3rd from 5:30-7:30, BUSI 2504 on December 4th from 6:30-8:30, and STAT 2606 on December 6th from 4-6, all at 701 Dunton Tower. I highly encourage all to attend these events to brush up on the skills you have learned throughout the semester.

Take Care of Yourself

You may want to study non-stop to ensure you get an A in a really hard class, but your brain cannot work properly if you are not taking care of your body and mind. Ensure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, eating well to fuel your body, and taking well needed breaks when you feel your body slowing down. You’ll thank yourself once exams are done.

You’re all gonna kill exams so good luck to all and remember, Christmas is right around the corner! Study hard and take care of yourselves. Sprott Love!

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