Anonymous said: I didn't hear about that. What do you mean Aramark inspection? How?
then bartlett wanted to get in on the fun
Anonymous said: Do you have any specific study habits/strategies that work for you that you could share? I have terrible study habits, so I'm trying to figure out how to do it better... I recently realized that it's much more efficient use a computer rather than pen and paper to create an outline or notes when reading a textbook (for the mere mortals like myself who can't get it the first time). Stuff like that. Anything, really. Hehe, if you have any, thanks in advance!
A few tips/ideas from me — readers, feel free to reply with your own!
- For studying/working in general: Use the pomodoro technique by going for palatable bites of work rather than marathons. Use short walks, snacks, or reddit for 5-minute brain breaks and then get back to work for another ~20 minutes.
- For classes with in-class finals: Create one monster meticulous study guide based on all your class notes and readings (I like writing things out with pen on blank computer paper, with copious highlighting, but computer works too). Imagine you’re making a “cheat sheet” that you could bring with you to the test.
- For lecture classes: Don’t skip class and rely on others’ notes more than you have to. Relatedly, don’t bring your laptop to class if there’s even the slimmest chance it will distract you.
- For discussion/heavy reading classes: Rather than indiscriminately skimming the entire text, skim most of it but focus intently on a few parts that REALLY interest you. Come to class with 3-5 really intelligent, specific, text-referencing ideas to discuss, rather than a vague sparknotes-esque knowledge of the whole text. You will get all the brownie points of the people who spent 10 hours reading every line, with minimal effort!
- For super long final papers: Invest in outlining during the first half of the quarter and then set page quotas for each week after midterms end. Figure out the readings that are most necessary to your essay, and read those readings early and thoroughly (even if it’s at the expense of other class readings). Spend reading period editing/honing the crap that you wrote weeks 5-10, and voila: drama-free finals week.
- For problem set classes: GO TO OFFICE HOURS AND FIND A STUDY GROUP. If you want good grades, this is not optional, at least not in the econ department.
- Other pro-tip: picking classes is critical to your future happiness/sanity. Balance out a readings heavy class with a non-reading class. Balance out a finals heavy class with a class whose work is mostly pre-finals week. Read evaluations and find classes where you’ll be challenged but you won’t be suffering. Read syllabi before break ends, and put it all in a calendar (including the date of the final exam!) so you know how things will pan out week-to-week.
Check out this great Reddit thread for more ideas.
Happy studying, lil Maroon!