Spring break was so much fun. I had an awesome time seeing my family back home in Illinois, catching up with friends, and eating (a lot). It was a much needed relaxing time. I had 5 midterms the week before spring break (I know, it sounds great). I basically lived at the Pius Library and Medical Center Library during midterms and ignored several texts, Facebook, and Snapchat… which is a HUGE deal for me. Though I miss home already, I’m glad that SLU is a community that encourages me to keep studying while having a great time. That said, I have a couple study tips for all you prospective (or current) students:
1. Take breaks — Watch a TV show between subjects, or grab a snack at places like Fusz (a food court in a dorm that’s open late with midnight breakfast, burgers, Jamba Juice, and much more!).
2. Try eating fresh fruit instead of salty foods — When I was re-reading my molecular & cellular biology notes for the umpteenth time, I felt like I was retaining much more information when I was munching on strawberries and not chips…
3. Practice exams and office hours should be your best friend — take advantage of everything professors offer! They want to help you for a reason and have these resources only for your benefit. SLU has a great tutoring program (which is FREE), where you can get one-on-one help from a student who has already completed the course. There are also free “Supplementary Instruction (SI)” sessions where a teaching assistant (TA) reviews material from lectures weekly.
4. Sleep is important — Take it from me, I regret the nights I stayed up super late because I actually couldn’t remember anything I studied the next morning.
5. Stay calm and confident! As long as you tried your best, you can rest peacefully trusting that your hard work will pay off.
In the meantime, wish me luck as I catch up on my schoolwork! 2 months until finals….