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Advice on how to study for an approaching exam

I'm a university student and I have a math exam in 10 days. I didn't really study much and only covered about 25% of the required material. In order to pass this exam (based on other people's experiences and my own evaluation) I would need to study about 10 hours per day for the next few days. But there's a problem - I've never done so much studying in such a short time frame. [more inside]
posted by _Seeker_ on Aug 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Visual Memory & Auditory Memory

I was curious as to how many visual thinkers there out there? If there are any who are willing to share their information on this post, I am curious as to whether you have always been a visual thinker or whether this was something you developed? Visual thinking seems to be one of the better ways to process information. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jul 14, 2014 - 7 answers

How to nail the GRE's

Open to any and all recommendations on the most efficient way to study for the GRE (focusing on writing and grammar). My GPA in college was meh (3.0). So I really need to have a nice shiny test score to go along with my floating-by transcript in order to get into top choice schools. Any advice on courses, sites, studying regimens etc. to go into this thing as ready as possible? [more inside]
posted by faceholenoises on Jun 3, 2014 - 18 answers

Reading Comprehension & Studying

This is somewhat of a strange question, but when you are reading a book, how many times do you go over the information? I'll use the book Succeed, How to Reach Your Goals as an example. I read through the book and highlighted what I believed to be the important points. Then I go back and re-read the book once more. Is this overkill? What strategies do people use to really understand something that you are reading? How do you know when you have really taken in the information? What strategies do others use when they are trying to learn something well enough that they can use it? Any suggestions or anecdotal stories would be much appreciated?
posted by nidora on May 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Let's Take Some Tests!

This FPP on the Putnam math tests made me wonder: what other outside-of-school exams or tests are out there that have some kind of competitive element? And how many of them are open to the public? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Networking: Is there an app for that?

I have a jailbroken iPad. I need to study for computer certifications (A+, Security+, Networking+) in a remote location, but I'm having a hiccup. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Apr 15, 2014 - 2 answers

[Study Filter] Neck and back tension while studying

I recently started a very intense study abroad program in Beijing studying Chinese. Classes start at 8am and go until 5pm, then I come home and study until I go to sleep around 11pm. Through all this work my neck and back tend to become very tense. [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Mar 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Effective learning: looking for the best academic skills and techniques

What are some effective academic skills, techniques, and tools for effective learning and succeeding academically? — Looking for uncommon, highly effective techniques that aren't the oft-repeated ones ("don't procrastinate!") but more like "use spaced repetition software to review the major concepts all throughout the semester". — I'll share some of my own. [more inside]
posted by markbao on Feb 20, 2014 - 22 answers

productivity tips for grad student with ADD and tech for learning

Hi All! I have ADD and I came across and cannot find a website- I'm a PC- that can block you from sites, like checking my email- so that I can stay on task. Can you tell me what it is? Any other tips and technology I can use to be successful, as a stressed out, procrastinating ADD grad student ? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Oct 31, 2013 - 18 answers

Quiet place to drink, write, and read in Cambridge/Somerville MA?

I like to have a glass of whisky and read and write on weekday evenings. I'm looking for quiet bars (or licensed cafes) where I can hole up with a laptop and/or book. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 2, 2013 - 11 answers

ADHD - Processing Speed

Greetings all, I realize that this is not a medical forum, but I have been struggling with ADHD and a slower processing speed for most of my life. At times it has been somewhat manageable due to medications but right now it is not. This issue affects every aspect of my life and I wish that it did not. If I could solve my memory and processing speed issue, I'd be willing to wager that I would have a good shot at turning around my life. Has anyone struggled with this sort of stuff? If so, what has worked for you? I've read that biofeedback has worked for some people but it is very expensive and not an option right now. I have also been told that doing things like crosswords and sudoku can be of benefit and I am not very good at either one of those. I apologize, but if anyone has any solutions that has worked for them with regards to improving their memory and processing speed, please let me know regardless of how outlandish it might sound. Ultimately, the big goal is to be able to become an efficient learner and to be able to play ball in the same park as everyone else, but to this day, that has not been the cards that I have been dealt. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
posted by nidora on Aug 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Please teach me how to read

I don't know how to read. Or, rather, I don't know what to do to keep track of the information in difficult, complicated texts. I'm pretty sure someone tried to teach me this when I was in, say, middle school, but I certainly never picked it up. So, now I'm asking Metafilter: how does reading work? [more inside]
posted by meese on Jul 10, 2013 - 15 answers

How to sort of cram for my cumulative chemistry test

I need to ace a cumulative general chemistry 1 test on Wednesday. It's worth a huge portion of my grade. Cramming (in the traditional sense of the word) is pretty much inevitable as it is a summer class so a shitload of information had to be covered in a few weeks. What should I do for the next 24-32 hours? How little sleep can I get away with the night before the exam? P.S. I have ADHD [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jul 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Resources for learning to learn more effectively?

I'm looking for resources for evidence-based processes, tips, hacks, improvements, ideas, etc., for learning more effectively. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 23, 2013 - 11 answers

I can no longer start or finish even the most basic tasks.

And I mean anything. People, school, projects, hobbies... I always, always give up on the things I start. And it isn't even about losing interest. Yeah, there are things that I'll eventually lose interest in and quit and that's not really a problem. What bothers me is that I quit things I'm actually interested in, too. For example, I was so completely into a book I was reading last week. Really, really into it. You'd think I'd finish it, then, but I didn't. I have an entire library full of half-read books, most of which I'd love to start reading again but just can't. Won't. Cant. Ugh. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 5, 2013 - 23 answers

what music to put in background when working/incrs. concentration/studyg

what music to put in background when working / to increase concentration / while studying I get bored a lot when working and get also distracted easily by outside noises. I'm looking for non-distracting music to put in the background. I'm familiar with iMusic. And there's some classical. Any further suggestions?
posted by earthwalker7 on Apr 25, 2013 - 28 answers

How can I hack my sleep schedule for 3 weeks?

I have 2.5 weeks until my university final exams. I have a lot of review to do, but at the same time, I'm also learning quite a bit of new material in my classes so I need some extra hours in my day. Since I have no other urgent commitments in the next 2 weeks (such as midterm exams), I am willing to sacrifice on sleep. Normally I have a standard schedule: asleep from ~11:30 to ~7:30. I understand there are quite a bit of polyphasic sleep schedules, but I'm only looking for something temporary and those typically take a while and have a gruelling transition period. My schedule is occupied from 7am to about 5 pm.
posted by ptsampras14 on Apr 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Bar Exam Playlist

I am putting together a playlist for bar exam preparations. I am looking for songs that will help ease the pain of studying and have compiled a few from a range of genres. What else can I add to this to make it the ultimate inspirational list of songs? Here are some that I have already chosen: Isley Brothers - Work to Do Jay Z - 99 Problems LL Cool J - Mama said knock you out Beyonce - Run the World (girls) David Bowie - Under Pressure ODB - Got your money Fugees - Killing me softly
posted by allthingsconsidered on Apr 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Tweak my study habits.

I'm taking Calc II at a community college and I'm not getting the grades I want. Studying 10 hours everyday a week in advance only got me an 84% on the first test. It is clear that I'm doing something wrong, but what is it? Help me tweak my study habits before the second test! [more inside]
posted by squirtle on Apr 10, 2013 - 18 answers

I can say with 99% confidence that this class is killing me

I'm struggling hard in my statistics class right now. Some of it comes from not grasping the concepts, but a bigger part is the ridiculous level of anxiety I've developed about my grades, and catastrophizing about what a low grade means. Help me attack both aspects of the problem. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Mar 28, 2013 - 22 answers

How to study math

What is the best way to manage time while studying for upper-division undergraduate math classes that are proof-based/STEM classes in general? [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! on Mar 5, 2013 - 15 answers

What's that coming over the hill, is it a-FINALS!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

Your tips and tricks for overcoming procrastination and revising for essay based exams please! [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Feb 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Can't do ALL THE THINGS right now.

In 2013 I will have 2-3 hours a week to spend learning one or more of the following: French, guitar, advanced math (stats, calc). Which will benefit most from this limited amount of study effort? [more inside]
posted by riddler on Dec 15, 2012 - 6 answers

I know I know this, but my instructor won't accept (My Brain, 2012) as a citation.

How can I become better at remembering references to cite in my academic writing? I know how to use APA style, but when I need to write I can remember theories and details, but not where I actually READ those theories. HALP! [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Dec 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Recharging for a week of no sleep...

I'm feeling burnt out. Help me recharge for finals. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Dec 3, 2012 - 6 answers

What are your favorite lamps that you have used to do work under? What light bulbs do you recommend for these lamps?

What is the best way to outfit an office in an apartment with quality lighting for studying? [more inside]
posted by jModug on Nov 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Good instrumental dance music for studying?

Can anyone recommend good instrumental dance music for studying? [more inside]
posted by snailparade on Nov 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Advice on choosing a grad program

My friend is interested in graduate programs on humanitarian work and development related issues. What schools have good programs in these areas? She is interested open to studying anywhere, but currently resident in the US/East Coast. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Oct 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Help!

I need to make some life changing decisions right now. I finish my bachelors degree in business administration soon and need to specialise myself for my masters. I want to stay in business, but I havent found my "niche" yet. More inside! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Aug 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Where can I find studyblue alternatives?

My favorite study website removed its note-taking feature. I want to find another virtual backpack service with as many options as studyblue used to have. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mekko on May 11, 2012 - 5 answers

We're gonna write! Cite! And write again!

Help me write a research paper all at once by providing me with the ultimate late-night write-a-thon soundtrack. Pop/Dance/Electronica edition, specifications within. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 24, 2012 - 29 answers

Testing, testing?

I'm getting ready to take my comps in less than two weeks. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Apr 19, 2012 - 7 answers

I want to be the Usain Bolt of Gen. Chem.: Fast and Flawless

Help me go from good to great in my general chemistry course. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Failed out of second year of pharmacy school and was suspended, how can I improve?

Suspended from pharmacy school; how can I improve my studying skills and find out what problems I need to fix for the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 - 2 answers

If you could study anything, what would it be?

If you could study anything, what would it be? I have some free time and a desire to get my neurons firing. [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Dec 14, 2011 - 21 answers

Help me not fail

I'm in nursing school and feel like I'm drowning. Help? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Oct 6, 2011 - 17 answers

The Study of Studying

Studying Methods: Finals are coming up (in Germany) so i'm looking for an innovative and effective study/revision method thats backed up by science! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Aug 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Studying for the GRE

I once read an answer on AskMe where the respondent said their study guide was so good they felt like they were cheating on the GRE. I want that study guide! I can't find that question, but any recommendations on study guides, materials, preparing for the test or anything at all related would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by provoliminal on May 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Structuring your time before exams

I'd like some diverse ideas on how to "design" a study plan for final examinations. What works for you? What are your theories on the best way to study? (*example scenario inside) [more inside]
posted by KLF on May 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Lacking academic motivation...

It's finals week. It's an hour before my calculus exam as I'm typing this out right now. I finished up my reviewing, written up my formula sheet (we're allowed to bring handwritten notes on one 8.5x11 piece of paper). Still, I feel like I'm going to fail the class. If I'm lucky enough, I'll pass the class with a C. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Mar 22, 2011 - 12 answers

I appreciate the irony of not being able to remember an article about memory...

I'm trying to find an article that I remember skimming but never fully read - it was about studying techniques, and in particular I remember that it recommended studying in different physical locations, since your brain tended to treat the information as "new" when you read it again from a different place. [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Mar 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Anything new in the world of MCAT?

I have over a year until the MCAT, what books and/or study material did you find useful for the long-haul study? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Mar 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Good places to study at odd hours?

Best study spots, particularly late-night, in and around Chicago? [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Feb 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Study strategies for parents

Parents who had/have to study with young children around: what strategies did/do you use to help integrate the kids into your study sessions? [more inside]
posted by angiep on Feb 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me manage my multiple interests and hobbies, aside of my personal and professional life

How can I manage multiple personal interests without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by Matrod on Feb 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Improving reading comprehension of history books and help writing about them.

Artistic mind in need of improving his academic side OR Please help me learn and write about history. [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou on Jan 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Breaking habit of laziness to get what we want

My cousin and I want to be better at managing time and focusing on things we want to do. But we have some unhelpful emotional obstacles that are in the way of being who we want to be. [more inside]
posted by anniecat on Jan 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Transferred to Brooklyn College

I've transferred to Brooklyn College from College of Staten Island. I'm in the Computer Science major. I'm wondering if there is anything to keep in mind when studying there. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 8, 2010 - 6 answers

What options does my Argentine boyfriend have to move back with me and find work in the United States?

What options does my Argentine boyfriend have to move back with me and find work in the United States? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Dec 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Best art courses to improve my drawing and illustration?

What art college/course would you recommend to improve my drawing and illustration skills? I need something quite intensive. [more inside]
posted by mushuu on Nov 21, 2010 - 4 answers

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