Studying for multiple subjects

  1. Hey Fellow Students,

    I'm looking for all your study tips on studying multiple subjects at once. I have 3 tests in a row for 3 different subjects on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I work all weekend too (ugh). I've been studying each one independantly for the past few weeks, as the class has been going on...... but now just a few days before the tests, I want to seroiusly cram. I have most of today and tomorrow set aside to do this. How do you guys organize yourself so that you don't start confusing everything together?

    I'd love to hear any tips available?

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  3. by   essarge

    I have one word for you PRIORITIZE! Get a sheet of paper, write times down and plug study time in for each class. Include a small break each hour. Shut off all distractions (including the phone). Let all of your friends know (and I know this sucks, but you have to do it) that you are unavailable for this weekend because you are studying for exams.

    I have had to do this for this semester and it seems to be working well so far. I also do not study past 10pm as I am really tired and cannot absorb very much after that. If I have to do more studying, I set my alarm for about an hour earlier the next morning.

    Hope this helps.
  4. by   BrandyBSN
    I know this may sound a little silly... but right the important information for your tests that you are studying for on different colors of index cards. Like, if you are studying Micro, write it on pink, Biology on Blue, Nursing on Yellow. When you are studying, your brain will begin to associate the color of the cards with the class you are studying for. Take the notecards to class with you, and look at them right before the tests. Then, when you are taking your test, your brain will have grouped all of the information from the "pink" cards so that you dont have the other classes trying to creep in on your Micro brain waves.

    I know this sounds silly, but it really works! Keeping things separate in your brain is tough, this just makes it a little easier.

    (might not work if you are colorblind )

    Happy Color-coding!
  5. by   essarge
    I was pulled into an instructor's office today and told about the "services" on campus when you have allot of stress or problems that you are dealing with.

    I took offense at this!!! She assumed, because I am a very outgoing and verbal person, that I was dealing with allot of stress (I was told that allot of older students have trouble dealing with the stress of home, family etc). I know that this is the "weeding out" period, and hope she hasn't targeted me for this. I am a very good student and am able to "multi-task" with very little problem. I have her for two labs on Tuesdays. In the second lab, after this "little talk", I just kept my mouth shut, asked no questions, and gave no answers to anything. She pretty much look passed me throughout the class (there are only 8 of us in this lab).

    Should I watch my a** with this instructor. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

    By the way, while I do have the normal stress, there is nothing out of the ordinary going on in my life by any means, and I DO NOT need any counseling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   carlalogan
    Brandy, Even though your message wasn't directed to me, thanks for the study help in regards to using the colored index cards. I've never thought about the color association but it makes so much sense. I can't wait to try it!
  7. by   BrandyBSN
    good! i hope it helps!

    When taking notes in class, using different colored pens helps too, but i find the note cards to be a lot more effective.

  8. by   janleb
    Essarge, I bet your instructor is just embarrassed because she read you wrong. Her heart may have been in the right place. What exactly did she say. Since you have to deal with her for this quarter you might want to say something to this effect. "I really appreciate your concern, but everything is fine ect ect ect.