TIPS FOR LAST-MINUTE STUDYING FROM A COLLEGE PROCRASTINATOR You did it once more.
You started studying for your big test or assignment two hours before it was due, and now you’re scrambling to memorize everything or cram words that at least vaguely make sense into your head.
Procrastination among college students is here.
Whether you want to admit it or not, I’m sure you’ve experienced anxiety when you’ve had to scramble for a test because there was never enough time to squeeze in one more study session.
I got it. In college, procrastination is REAL, and I was a complete victim of it for a while.
Despite my best efforts, I still struggle with procrastination, but I have discovered some excellent time management strategies.
Additionally, I’ve learned how to maximize the procrastinating circumstances I place myself in. As a college student, I mastered this skill, and while I don’t advise you to put anything off until the last minute, I do realize that it will happen and that you’ll need some assistance to get through it.
So, here are my effective last-minute study ideas for college students that procrastinate!
P.S. I’ve written a few pieces explicitly regarding studying, so be sure to read those and apply the advice there.
ASK YOUR PROFESSOR FOR ADVICE This is an easy one. The cues may come in the shape of a study guide, points made in class, or definitions or phrases they want you to be familiar with.
Your cheat sheet for organizing a quick study session is this list of suggestions. Your goal is to retain as much of the knowledge as you can by focusing on the important themes rather than trying to memorize everything.
SKIM THE TEXT ACCURATELY So many college students put off reading tasks, and by the time a test comes around, they have not finished the whole thing.
Although some chapters can be very time-consuming, they might contain very vital information.
You won’t have enough time to read the text word by word, so try this strategy instead:
Read a paragraph’s first two sentences. Read a paragraph’s last two sentences. Note any bold text or significant keywords. Make a brief summary, then move on to the next. Even if you don’t have time to write down the brief summary because you REALLY procrastinated, you’ll at least have some notion of what was discussed in the reading.
RENEW, RENEW, RENEW Write down any pertinent information and then read it aloud to yourself at least seven times if you know that definitions or important terms will be on your test.
Do you have any additional time? Instead, rephrase what you wrote. You’ll be more likely to remember the knowledge for a longer time and should comprehend it better as a result.
USE IMAGES If you learn best visually, try creating a simple timeline or chart to help you organize the information that will be tested.
By doing this, you’ll aid your brain in visualizing the connections between numerous data, thereby sparking a memory that will assist you correctly identify material while you’re taking the test.
For instance, if you were to create a mind map or chart, the major thought would be at the center, and minor ideas would branch out from it. As a result, rather than having to read a complete chapter, a psychology student studying psychoanalysis can now use the branches to recall relevant theorists, brain activities, and well-known experiments.
Think of it as summarizing through art!
REMEMBER TO GET YOUR HEAD DIRECT. You cannot undo how much time you spent delaying.
Whether you’re ready for the test you’re about to take or not, it will still happen, so you may as well make the most of your preparation.
Here are some strategies to counteract the damaging effects that procrastination has on the brain in college students:
Consume a nutritious and healthful dinner. (You probably won’t be focused if you’re hungry when you take the test.) Practice inhaling for eight counts and exhaling for four counts (at least five times through) Say to yourself, “I’ll try my best.” I can recall this details. I’m able. (Thinking positively goes a long way) What are your biggest obstacles to getting things done?
We’ve all been there, so there’s no need to feel ashamed. If it’s okay with you, please share your ideas in the section below. You could discuss your difficulties, how you’re overcoming them, or anything else!