Check yourself before you wreck yourself

With the your Halloween costume still lying on your bedroom floor and Thanksgiving Break still over the horizon, finals are the list thing on your mind. However, you could actually give yourself a leg-up on the December study crunch by evaluating where you are now.

First, take the time to put your notes in chronological order. Opening a well-ordered binder or folder instead of sitting down to a stash of crumpled papers.  Then, go through and skim your notes. While you're skimming, take note of what you don't understand or what is left out. When you wrote them down, you were in the context of class and thought you would understand your jotted half-sentences, but you probably won't understand them at home. Instead of doing this in Decemeber, you can meet with your teacher instead of when everyone else is trying to right before the test. This will also motiviate you to take clearer and more thorough notes from now until the end of the semester. 

Taking an hour out of your homework time to get your ducks in order will not only save you stress in December, but will also expose you to that information one more time and jog your memory of terms and ideas.  All studying counts!

About The Author
Lauren McConnellClas of 2013 - English Major and Arts Management Certificate

I'm a student at Indiana University and am very involved on campus! I work as a copy-editor and reporter for the Indiana Daily Student and am an editor for Arbutus. I also have a press relations internship with IU Liberian Collections and am a committee chair for Independent Council, an organization for women interested in philanthropy in a social atmosphere. With all these experiences, I can't imagine spending my college years anywhere but Indiana!