The do’s and don’ts of studying

Kelsey Bear studies for her physics exam.

Kelsey Bear studies for her physics exam.

As eight-week classes wrap up and courses are at their most intense, final and midterm exams are in full swing. While trying to schedule around their normal class work, extracurriculars and jobs, students have to find studying methods that work best for them.

This system of trial and error is tedious, but there are many methods that are proven to be more, and sometimes less, effective than others. Sleep is one factor affecting how much students can remember and learn. According to WebMD, a student who is sleep deprived can not focus properly.

This debunks the myth that someone can limit sleep and rest in the nights leading up to an exam. Even if a student is able to memorize the information the night before a test, they will not have the proper focus to apply it correctly when applying it the next day. For adults, the Mayo Clinic recommends seven to eight hours to achieve ultimate brain function during the day.

Taking care of one’s body is also important. Although caffeine can be used as a stimulant to help one study while fatigued, it also causes anxiety. Instead, drinking water and eating a breakfast with whole grains and fruits will allow students to maximize performance without the worry of a sugar crash.

Other less physical keys to studying include, finding a quiet, isolated place and reducing outside distractions, according to Dartmouth College. Dartmouth gives another tip that can improve studying specifically for college courses.

The college recommends studying in the daylight hours as a way make the studying more productive. They allows students to study in “chunks” or not all at once, to avoid having to cram all the information.

Although difficult to fit into a college schedule, studying during the day after a good meal and night’s rest can improve results and overall mental health during the treacherous weeks of exams.


My original storyboard submitted to Dr. Collins.

My original storyboard submitted to Dr. Collins.


Reflection: I think this video went far better than my last because I tried to keep it simple. I’m getting much more comfortable with the editing software and camera. There are still some problems, as my camera still moved and I think my tripod might be a little tilted, but I think it was a major improvement. I think the jump cuts I used were necessary because the two clips were separate scenes on the same topic and the transitions moved in between steps. Although I didn’t do a voice over, I think my actors portrayed the scenes better than I could have as a producer doing a voice over. I don’t think it would have added anything as the audio in the scenes spoke for themselves.

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