Recently got my grades for uni mid-semester back and I failed... miserably. I got 1/4 of the overall marks. This is a blow to my confidence as I felt confident that I'd pass at the bare minimum. At this rate I won't pass the final exam which is contingent on me passing the overall subject.
Can anyone suggest any study tips to help me memorize material, self-assess my knowledge, improve efficiency etc and anything else relevant/beneficial or help/suggest me devise a study plan
final exam is in November
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Highlight the important points in the book from each chapter, make sure to concentrate when reading the details , summarize the chapters and the most important titles and details either in the book itself (by writing it in the empty space next to the text) or in a notebook.
After u finish all chapters revise what you've summarized
Make sure to give yourself a break in between chapters so that you don't get confused with them.
Also If you have several days before the exam, distribute the material in a way that you get a difficult part along with an easier one, don't just let the most difficult for last.
And lastly, make sure to study the things you've already studied before (for previous exams) after the material that's left unstudied
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Not sure I should answer since my way wasn't a very good one as I did not retain much of the information in the long run. Yet I became good at cramming a week or two before exams. I managed to get a 4.0 GPA in my freshman year without trying so hard and, according to my student adviser, I was the only one on campus with it. Yet that put undue pressure on my sophomore and following years to maintain it, and I did that by just many sleepless nights cramming before exams (on top of studying at a less frantic face before). That became worse when I got into partying as well where I made up for time lost studying by cramming.
But I managed to retain the 4.0 GPA just through sheer cramming willpower. What I did was just average maybe 2 hours of sleep a day for the two weeks or so before exams while drinking endless cups of coffee. I used a highlighting marker not to highlight important sections of textbooks, but merely sections I read because I would start to lose focus and doze off if I didn't keep track of what I read and forget where I was. So I'd highlight the entire textbook from front to back and use notes on the side as my way of emphasizing key points.
I'd also rely on external sources: Cliff Notes, online resources, whatever I could find to help me not only maintain a summary of the information but also to help me get interested in the material (sometimes the textbook would be extremely dry, but the subject itself was fascinating when I found external resources that approached it in a different way).
Again this is not a very good way in the long run. I had to, in my career, revisit some former subjects and relearn them a bit with only a hazy memory of what I learned originally. But it can get you to ace exams in the short term if you're kind of desperate.
What is your department? If it is engineering, you will almost have to make review every day and not wait for exams to come. You will need to solve the questions in books even if the teachers do not suggest.
It requires constant studying to be ready for them. At least that's all I can say for my department.