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Studying techniques given to South students

By Sandi Maher/reporter

Students learned several techniques and tips on studying and taking tests during Making Your Dreams Happen April 16 on South Campus.

South philosophy instructor Felicia Criner showed students several techniques to properly study without overwhelming themselves.

Criner handed out surveys to students at the beginning of the seminar to see who would actually spend time to take the test and who would just skip to the bottom and sign their names. Students who skipped to the bottom showed they are too lazy to take the time to complete the survey, which reflects on the way they study and indicates they don’t follow directions or read carefully, she said.

Several students completely answered each question while the majority went straight to the bottom of the page.

Criner said studying could make a difference in school. Students should maintain a better idea of the correct way to study before they take an exam while not stressing themselves out, she said.

“If students would just learn these techniques on how to study, then students would be more likely to do better on exams and realize how much more difficult things were before,” she said. “Students would really be surprised on how their grades change and how much more relieved they will feel when it comes time to take a test.”

Criner gave several examples of the types of test takers and briefly explained each one, giving students advice on how to change their ways.

Criner made students aware of the side effects of cramming at the last minute or even being “the turtle” who runs out of time before finishing a test.

South student Freddie Franco said when Criner identified the characteristics of “the turtle,” he recognized himself.

“I really enjoyed this seminar today,” he said. “I definitely need to study more, and by learning these new tips and tricks, I can use them for my upcoming finals.”

Criner thought the timing of her presentation was perfect since finals are just a few weeks away.

“Hopefully, students will apply what they have learned today and improve their studying before finals,” she said.

Criner believes students should pay close attention to test questions, set a scheduled time daily to study and use a lighted area for best results.

“With the help of these handy techniques, there is no way any students should be cramming for their finals in a couple of weeks,” she said.

Franco said the seminar was convenient since he also works on South Campus.

“I am glad I came and gave it a try,” he said. “I may actually be prepared for this semester’s finals.”

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