5 things I learned when I switched to a science major

Staying late in the library comes naturally: As we speak it is 1:30am on a Tuesday night and I am just finishing up my work for the night and writing this post. If that doesn’t explain itself, I’m not sure what will.

Labs are no joke: When you register for classes, two labs in one semester doesn’t seem all that bad. That is until you leave your house at 7:30am for research, leave at 11 to go to work. Class is at 2:30 and then finally at 3:20 on a Monday, you think you’re done and can’t wait to relax. But then you remember you have lab at 4:30pm and it will most likely take all 3 hours. These are the Monday’s I never imagined I would have, until I switched to a science major.

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How to avoid test anxiety and added stress!

Check out my video on how to avoid some added stress and anxiety when taking exams!

A week before to the night before:
1. Make sure you study plenty of time in advance. Study the material in chunks so you can make sure you have retained it all and are prepared for the exam!
2. Make sure you get a good nights sleep the night before, meaning no cramming. Get a good breakfast and do some last-minute studying in the morning.
3. Make sure you talk to your professors to see exactly how they make the exams. It could be very helpful in the end.

The day of the exam:
1. Get to the exam early so you’re not rushing in, this adds stress to you!
2. Make sure you don’t get stuck on one question, if you get stumped make sure you move on! Go back to it at the end so you don’t run out of time and miss questions that you actually do know!
3. Don’t underestimate trick questions! Make sure you read each of the questions carefully so you don’t lose points over a simple mistake!

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How to take the best notes in college!

1. Find a format that works for you:

The reason you take notes in class is so you can use them as a resource in preparation for an exam! Writing everything down in paragraph form or just one sentence after can really be indirectly harmful to you in the future. It’s smart to make categories or some type of outline that makes sense to you. This way you can space out your notes so you know what is in relation to the main concepts. This is where I think color coding comes in handy, it helps when you want to study the material in chunks as well!

2. Make side notes on important ideas:

I wrote a little about this in my post on how to survive the first two weeks of college, but this is so important! In all of your notes you should have stars or tick marks next to the topics that your professor reiterates time and again. If they repeat it more than once, that means its important and you need to know it so write a note. I usually write “WILL BE ON EXAM” or “KNOW FOR EXAM”!

3. Do not take notes word for word from the slides:

This is dangerous. Especially for professors who type their slides directly from the text-book. Also, if your professors make the slides available to you, print them out and take your own notes on them. Most of the time your professors are speaking while you are writing down the notes, and if you spend time writing the notes word for word you may miss some valuable information.

4. Create short cuts for yourself:

Use symbols instead of writing out complete words that have the same meaning. As in using an arrow –> for “leads to”, or using a delta sign for “the change in”. Also make sure you abbreviate your words; such as b/t for “between” and temp. for “temperature.” These are your notes, the only person who needs to understand them are you!

5. Write down questions you have during lecture:

This is more for students attending larger universities or students who are more sky and don’t like to speak out during class. If you have a question during lecture, you are likely to forget it by the end of the period. Write it down in the sidebar of your notes and ask if after class, or send it in an email. This will keep you actively thinking during lecture and also clear up anything you may be confused about!

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