HOW I STUDY – remembering all of your study material

So a long time ago I promised to share my study method with you guys. I have made a video about it on YouTube a while ago that you can check out as well but here we go:

  1. Preparation is key! 🔑 The first step and probably one of the most important ones is to be prepared for what you are about to study. Preparation is done during the semester which means: buying/collecting all of the study material (book, syllabus, notes/summaries from last year), attending the lectures, taking notes during those lectures, reading and organizing your notes at home, reading your book/syllabus before/after the lecture, understanding the study material, doing all of the assignments and homework, annotating the study material, etc.

  2. Second important thing is that you need to know how to handle a certain subject! Start finding information about the exam at the beginning of the semester: what did the previous exams look like? Which chapters are more important than others? How detailed do you need to know the information? What is more important: the books or notes from lectures? Based on this information you can create a study schedule! For example, if the exam questions are going to be super detailed it will be a waste of your time to summarize the study material. 
  3. I usually annotate my books and use my law book during studying because as a law student I need to be able to understand my law book for my exam.
  4. After that I summarize my books. 

  5. Then the real cramming starts: it’s super important to not only understand the material when you read it but also to be able to write it down or say it out loud when asked about it on your exam. I learn the material by heart by reading a page out loud and then repeating what I just read with my book/summary closed. I also try to make connections with other chapters of the study material because that will make you see the bigger picture.
  6. Sometimes when the material just won’t get stuck in my head I make a “panic summary”. It’s like a summary but a lot shorter and usually consists of schedules and mind maps to see the material in a different perspective to be able to understand and remember.

  7. Lastly, I go over all of the assignments I created and especially pay attention to all the information that is highlighted with a yellow highlighter. During the semester, I write all the exam tips my professors give me down and make it bright yellow. You’ll be surprised how many times professors/teachers say: “this will be on your exam”, “on your exam it’s important to write this down”, “this is an example of something I can ask on your exam”, etc. 
  8. After studying, I search for past exams (you can find these in Facebook groups, various websites and sometimes my university provides us with a past exam to practice) and practice them to see if I can answer immediately without having to think too much. If you take too much time to think about the answer you probably didn’t study enough. Remember that you have a limited amount of time to perform during the exam so you need to spend your time well. If you answer incorrect or you can’t come up with an answer, you need to study more. I write down all the parts/chapters where I performed below the level I want to and revise those parts of the study material again. 

  9. The morning before the exam is crucial! I do lots of revising, eat a healthy and good breakfast, take time to get ready and try to relax! I also often learn old exam questions & their answers because exam questions often get recycled by some professors which means it’s an extra chance to perform well!

So this is my study method! I hope you liked reading it and that you learned a thing or two! Honestly, exams are mostly about being prepared in the right way and this is the way that makes me as prepared as I can. #studytip 

How is your exam period going so far?