College-Bound Seniors and Spring Semester

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Spring semester will begin shortly and finals will be right around the corner. 

The end of the semester can be a stressor for many high schoolers as they scramble to complete all their deadlines before rushing away to the Winter Holidays.

College-bound high school students--who have already completed the college application process and are looking forward to moving on to a top college or university next year--have a lot on their mind. Maintaining or improving final semester grades, taking the time to celebrate the end of the high school experience, and preparing for the years ahead, all while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. With so much to think about, it can be difficult to focus during the Spring semester.

Take note of these High School Study Tips for this period of midterms, exams and deadlines.

1. Put your technology on hold!

Get off of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat during these final weeks. Leave your phone outside the bedroom or study area! Doing so will help you focus as you prepare for the final projects and tests you have to complete by the end of the semester.

2. Schedule your study time beforehand.

Plan out which weekends and days will be dedicated to studying for specific exams and spent on carving out specific papers. 

Remember to include breaks in your planned study sessions!

Try scheduling study time in smaller increments over a long period of time. If you can commit to 50-75 minutes every day, you can help avoid burnout and last minute cramming.

3. Do your best to find the right study environment.

Having the right study environment is a great complement to having a good schedule. Choose a place where you can concentrate so that you can be most productive. 

Once you find the right study spot(s), remember to stick to them. These study areas should be separate from your “free time” areas and “rest” areas such as your bed or the couch. What works well for others may not work well for you and vice versa. Some people concentrate well when surrounded by others. Some people can only concentrate in absolute silence. Find what works best for you and stick to it!

4. Remember to practice good study hygiene

This can take on multiple meanings in today’s day and age. When it comes to studying in places that are not your home, remember to follow all COVID-19 spread prevention measures. Wear face coverings when you are around others and properly wash your hands before and after coming into contact with other people.

If your study spots are only at home, then study hygiene will take on a different definition. You need to make sure there is a clear separation between study time and rest time. Transition from one to another by doing something small such as taking a quick, socially distanced walk, a quick shower, or even a short run.

5. Use different study methods

Try the Pomodoro Technique! Try rewriting or rephrasing material in your own words. Try making a bulleted list of all information that is important. Try using notecards to make flashcards. 

Try different study methods until you find the right one for you.

6. Try teaching the material to someone else

If you can teach the subject matter to another person ¬and they understand it, that means you are a true expert in the subject! 

You can try teaching it with a study-buddy, friend or relative! If you can’t find anyone to listen to you, you can even try teaching the material to your stuffed animal or pet. Even if they cannot respond, the mere act of teaching the topics aloud will help you realize what you know and locate the gaps in your knowledge once you compare what you shared with your notes.

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