UBC Study Tips
Choose a Conducive Study Space. UBC dorms are the worst places to study. Find a place with minimal disruption. The ideal study environment will differ from person to person, but try a quiet coffee shop, the library, or a comfortable well-lit space at home-- find a spot that fits your study habits. But, no matter what, get out of the dorm!
Take Breaks. Breaks will help you stay focused, healthy, and happy. After long hours of staring at a screen and skimming through your notes, breaks are something to look forward to,a change of pace and a chance to relax and recharge! Studies have shown that breaks actually help you remember all that knowledge you're trying to cram into your head. A movie-length break is probably a little bit too long --sorry! However, a 15-20 minute break should do the trick.
Form a Small Study Group. If the information you're attempting to absorb is dense. A study group at UBC can lessen the load.
Organize the chapters or information that you need to cover, and make sure your group is made up of equally motivated and intelligent people . Become an expert on the specific topic you're assigned, then meet a few days prior to the exam to go over the material.
Use Note Cards. The sheer repetition of reading information and physically jotting it down helps you absorb the information much better than reading from a textbook or typing notes on your computer. Practice and conditioning is what studying is all about!
Eat Well and Stay Hydrated. Don't forget to eat or snack -- healthy snacks of course. To stimulate those brain cells, eat blueberries. Put down the caffeine pills and fifth cup of coffee; try dark chocolate or freshly brewed tea instead. Both contain caffeine, which should boost your energy and level of concentration.
Exercise. Studying for long periods of time can leave you tense and become a ball of nerves. Sitting on an uncomfortable wooden chair doesn't help. A quick workout at the UBC gym -- even as simple as pulling out a yoga mat and relaxing in Child's Pose or doing some squats and calf raises -- can relieve tension in your muscles, pump up your endorphins, and make you more alert (and burn off all the study snacks!).
We hope that you find these study tips helpful. We'd love to hear what study tips work best for you! Thanks for stopping by, and happy studying fellow UBC students!
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