She groaned in misery, as she tore the paper with the scribbled equation out of the notebook. It was almost midnight and she still could not understand the equations she needed for the midterm the next day.
Believe it or not, nights like that are common for many college students. The question to explore is how can this issue be reduced so that students find more sleep and actually understand material they need? During my freshman year of college, the very thing I found to be helpful was attending study slam sessions outside of class. “Study slam” sessions are usually set up by colleges and are a weekly set up where tutors can be found ready to help in the subject you find yourself struggling in. Not only that, but you will usually find other students working rigorously on similar material if not the same. If you find that “study slam” sessions are not an opportunity for your university than—create the opportunity. Get a group of classmates who need help in the same subject and find a time as well as place to meet where you can use your brainpower together to tackle problems you are struggling with in class. To avoid falling off topic during the study session, create a list of issues you want to run through that you feel will help you with the upcoming exam. Through all this studying it’s important to remain fueled, so bring food if you feel if you’ll get hungry throughout the session. I usually like a nice cup of iced coffee to get me through my study sessions. Study slam sessions can run from half an hour generally to as long as you want. The maximum I’ve attended a study slam session for is close to two hours in the past. I then will take the material home, run through it once for 10 minutes, generate any questions I have and bring those questions back to the next study session. It’s never bad to have the half hour study slam sessions either though. Those I would recommend, students have more than once a week though. The most important thing to remember is to come prepared with questions, as well as study materials. Bring the text book, flashcards, highlighters, and make sure that you guys are near a computer of some sort- after all Google is your friend. It’s definitely not the end of the world if you arrive to a study slam session without questions. Start somewhere, and work your way up to that A.