I can’t begin to explain how crazy my life has recently been! We are on a three-week home game stretch which has turned out to be more insane then I thought! We are currently 4-1 which is super exciting! Fingers crossed for the rest of the season!
I asked my Instagram followers what they wanted to hear about and I had a big request for how my first round of exams went/ what I do to prepare (especially for chemistry)!
In short, most of them went well whilst a few could have gone better. I am loving my Gerontology class and did really well on that exam. In addition, I love my Health Policy classes and did really well on those! Organic Chemistry went OK, but could have gone better along with Global Diseases. For most of my exams, I start studying a week in advance. It may be a crazy way to do it, but it helps me to spread everything out.
So, this year I have Organic exams on a Wednesday night so the studying starts the Wednesday before the exam. This exam covered three chapters, therefore my days were divided reviewing these three chapter, reviewing homework, and doing practice exams.
|Day||What I Do|
|Wednesday||Review chapter 1 material and homework.|
|Thursday||Review chapter 1 material and homework.|
|Friday||Wrap up chapter 1 and being chapter 2 material and homework.|
|Saturday||Review chapter 2 material and homework.|
|Sunday||Wrap up chapter 2 material and homework and begin chapter 3 material and homework.|
|Monday||Today we finished Chapter 3 material. For studying, I finish reviewing/learning the material learned today. In addition, I take about two practice exams to see where I stand.|
|Tuesday||I take about 2-4 more practice exams depending on what I am struggling with. If I see a frequently missed concept/topic with all my practice exams, I go back and review that topic with more practice problems.|
|Wednesday||Test Day at 8pm!
I do a quick review of the notes and call it done. What you don’t know, you don’t know at this point. I find it easier to lay low and breathe a little!
I had football practice 3-6 and did not stay any longer. This gave me a few hours to eat, relax, and make it to my testing location!
Post exam I go back to my room, shower, and go right to bed! I don’t like to think about the exam or what the outcome may be! It’s turned in at this point and there is nothing more I can do but wait!
It’s important that you find what is right for you! For Organic, I transfer my notes into a notebook, where everything is color coded. For Gerontology, I type notes in class and out of class from the book. I then make note cards with potential questions, definitions, and important details to test myself. One thing I do NOT do, however, is re-watch lectures. The only reason I go back is if I missed a topic. If I don’t understand it, I would prefer to sit down with my Professor and have them re-teach it to me in person, because typically it means I did not understand how they worded it the first time. Don’t be afraid to tell your professor you don’t understand. Most are more than happy to explain in a different way if you ask! Some YouTube channels are really helpful as well.
I hope exams went well for you! Are you ready for round 2?