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March 8, 2010 9:48 AM

Tips for Studying

1. Start early! If you already know the material, you don’t have to spend as much time studying for it. Get in the habit of reviewing your notes before and after lecture!

2. Budget your time wisely. Plan out what you want to do, and realistically allot the time you will need to accomplish each task. I usually list out everything that I want to do to prepare for an exam (for example: read over my notes, re-read assigned chapters, do practice problems, do practice exams), and then fit it into my schedule for the week preceding the date of the test.

3. Make a study group. It’s always better when you can talk over exam material with your fellow peers. Make up a list of questions while going through the material on your own, and quiz each other to see if you actually know it!
Need a place to get together? Study rooms are available in the Main Stacks. Go to to reserve online.

4. Utilize outside resources, such as test banks and the SLC. A few of the test banks I have used are: Tau Beta Pi Honor Society -, Bioengineering Honor Society - A lot of honor societies and student organizations have their own test files, so try to find those that are relevant to your field of study!

5. Get help from GSIs and professors! Go to office hours and review sessions with specific questions, so that you can get the most out of it. Also, try to go early because office hours tend to get crowded right before an exam!

6. Do what works best for you. For me, I need to go through all of my lecture notes and re-copy them into an organized study guide. So, find what method works best for you and go with it!

7. Do practice problems! Once you feel comfortable with the material, time yourself while taking practice exams to better prepare yourself for the actual test.

8. Get enough sleep the night before… you don’t want to fall asleep during the exam!

9. Take a break before the actual exam…don’t cram right up until the exam starts!

10. Be confident! You got into Berkeley for a reason…don’t doubt your abilities!

Best of luck during midterm season!

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