Can you smell that? That aromatic memory so succulent it makes your mouth water instantaneously? The smell that will forever be embedded in your brain, reminding you that there is such a thing as heaven on earth? That, my friends, would be the smell of the ever so familiar Thanksgiving dinner that is rapidly approaching on our much needed (and deserved) two day break from school. Cherish those days wisely, as school will resume on the following Monday, December 1st, 2014. But before we start licking our fingers in anticipation of the impending feast of Thanksgiving, make sure you ace those November finals! I’ve conducted some study tips for you to consider, and you should, because this will give you a reason to let loose during Thanksgiving break and celebrate your exceptional final grade!

  • Study in a quiet, calm, environment that will allow you to focus all of your attention on your material. It’s hard to retain information if you are getting distracted every two seconds.

  • Put your phone somewhere you cannot reach it! You’ll never get any work done scrolling through Facebook. (Don’t worry, It’s a temptation that we all suffer from!)

  • FLASHCARDS! Seriously. This is like THE BEST invention ever created. It’s inexpensive and a great way to memorize those pesky vocab words.

  • Try studying with a partner. This isn’t for everyone one, but I find it beneficial to have a partner quiz me on the material before I take a test. But make sure you choose your partner wisely! If they’re getting distracted, you’re likely to follow suit.

  • Try not to memorize your notes word for word. Sometimes test questions aren’t worded the same way they’re stated in your book or study material. Understanding the concept will prevent that from hindering you during a test.

  • Take breaks! Studies have proven that there is such a thing as ‘over studying’ for a test. (This will now be my excuse any time I perform poorly on a test)

That’s all I have for you today! I hope these tips will help you in achieving the grade you want on your final. Make sure to eat tons of turkey (or tofurkey if you’re a vegetarian) on Thanksgiving, be safe, and enjoy your time off from school. Although it’s a small break, it is still a break, so take advantage of this rare opportunity!

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!

As always, feel free to email me with your comments, questions, concerns, and suggestions!

Your fellow KU student,