As college students, we spend AT LEAST 50% of our lives studying, if not more. And sometimes even after a long night of studying, some of the concepts still don’t click the way we need them to if we really want to understand the material that will for sure be on the exam.
The one thing that is great though is that there is always another way things can be explained. When studying for exams, I almost never solely use what is given by my professor. Professors usually choose one way to explain a concept and if that way does not make sense to you, it more than likely won’t click until you find another way for it to be explained. This is at least true for me! I have found some great resources that have really worked for me in the past and that I think can be beneficial to you!
Khan academy saved my life in my biology classes. This site is amazing for all types of science courses you are taking. When learning about the circulatory system, the reproductive system, mitosis, meiosis, really anything I could think of, I found on this website. Not only do they have material that you can read and learn from, they also provide FREE videos that really put the material in a different perspective and made it so much easier to understand! Although I have only used this website for science courses, they offer online resources for all other subjects as well. When studying for any exam, I recommend checking out what Khan Academy has to offer!
So this resource if a little bit more common and most students already know of it, but I think it’s great resource for courses such as medical terminology or a foreign language course. Sometimes making flash cards can be discouraging especially when you feel like they are never ending. Always check quizlet out and see if another student has already made flashcards for the same material you are learning. Or if you prefer to make them on your own, I still find this is a great resource to create your own in half the time.
Most people know sparknotes as a quick way to learn about a long reading in a short amount of time. BUT sparknotes is actually a really good resource for so many other things! They offer material in so many other subjects. I have studied Chemistry terms off spark notes before. It is a great study tool, and they also offer short reviews! I would definitely take advantage of seeing the information stated a different way!
Don’t underestimate the power of youtube. Youtube has been my best friend throughout Chemistry and especially Physics. It’s also great for any math courses you’re taking. There are millions of videos out there that show you step by step how to solve any type of equation you can think of. You just have to get out there and look for them. I watch videos from crash course for chemistry and these are AMAZING! This is a great resource for any of you who are more visual learners as well, sometimes it just helps to see it all worked out in front of you!
If you’re not using any of these resources, I recommend trying at least one of them to help with your next exam! If you use any online resources that I didn’t mention, feel free to comment them below so someone else can try them out!
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