3 Must Have Study Tips for Future Dietitians
Crystal S. Donom
Successful students use a combination of learning styles, but most students have one
predominant way of learning. No one learning style is better than the other, however, each
style has its own strengths and limitations. If you know your limitations, you can tailor your
study time to maximize your strengths and improve your grades and overall productivity.
Want to know your preferred learning style? Take this short learning style quiz to find out.
Learning Style Quiz - Learn How to Study Smarter Not Harder
2. Find the Best Groupies
One of the most effective ways to prepare for an exam is to create a study group. Some
students prefer studying alone but there is strong scientific support for the benefits of
working in group. A recent study in the Frontiers in Psychology Journal indicates students
learn more when working in groups than studying alone. In addition, being in a group may
offer some relief both academically and socially (Chiriac, 2014). Want to get the most out of
your study group? Follow these strategies and tips for successful collaboration.
· Limit your group to 4-5 students
· Assign tasks to weed out the slackers
· Meet for 2-3 hours at least once a week
· Predict and answer potential exam questions
· Choose a location with minimal distractions
3. The Night Before Your Exam
Students can benefit from proper planning, and the night before an exam is no exception.
Here are two things students can do the night before to help boost their grades.
· Get your zzz’s
Do not pull an all-nighter the night before an exam. The extra effort you put into
studying will reduce your mental performance. Also, remember to watch your caffeine.
Consuming large amounts of caffeine may seem like an effective way to increase your
mental alertness, but too much caffeine can make you jittery and this can impact your
ability to concentrate.
· Pack your bag
Gather all your materials the night before the exam. Make sure to include extra writing
utensils, scratch paper, a calculator, and back-up batteries just in case your calculator stops
working. It is also a good idea to pack a snack or lunch. Choose foods that are nourishing
for your brain such as nuts, eggs, and avocado. You can also throw in a small amount of
carbs to help maintain your energy levels.
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