studying

For those who do not know me, I am currently a full-time college student and have been for the last 4 years. I am studying Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. I am in my last semester of college and throughout the years I have gotten so many questions on how I achieve my grades. No, I don’t study all the time. I do put a lot of time into my studying, but that does not necessarily mean I sit in my room all day studying. I have a social life, work part time, continue my healthy lifestyle through fitness, in a relationship, and also very involved with many events on campus. I want to share how I manage to get good grades, which in large comes from my exams. So I am finally sitting down to share my tips on studying for big exams.

Plan & Set Goals: So depending on the course I have an upcoming exam in, I make sure to start studying accordingly, dependent on the actual course. If I am studying for a course in my major, I try to start studying a week before. If we are talking about a general education course, that might not have material that is as difficult, I will start studying 2 -3 days before. Remember this is totally dependent on you! If you are a quick learner you might be able to get away studying late.

This is all about setting goals for yourself and making a goal for each day. Make sure the goals for each day are reasonable, don’t try to take on too much you can’t handle. This will just have you skipping through the information just to get through it, instead of actually learning it.

I first look over how much material is on the exam I am studying for. I look at how many notes and resources I need to get through and plan from there. If I have 10 chapters to get through for the exam, I will probably learn 2 chapters a day and make sure I know them in and out. Then I might leave the last 2 days just for review and practice questions.

Study with the test taker in mind: Depending on the type of course you are taking, you might have an idea of how the professor is going to test you. Sometimes, they might even tell you if you ask! Are the questions going to be multiple choice? Are there going to be open-ended questions? Are the questions going to be conceptual or more up front? I keep the test taker in mind while studying the material. I constantly question “is this a good test question?” So while studying the material, question the material on weather it could be a good test question. Most professors will test you on information that they think is essential and important, so again, keep this in mind while studying the material.  If you have taken the same professor in the past, use this to your advantage. This works to my benefit, because I have seen how they tested before, and can sometimes predict their test style.

Cover all resources: I cannot stress this enough. If your professor lectured 10 chapters and you study 7 hoping she doesn’t test you on the other 3, you will less likely do well. Everything the professor lectured is fair game, therefore, you should know all the material. For this reason I study all my notes. If the professor mentions it during lecture that they will take some test questions out of the book, I will take sure to read the chapter. It is important to cover your resources, even if you’re just reading through a chapter. On test day, if you are asked a question about what you read, you will more likely know it and remember it, if you actually took the time to read it.

Learn for the long run & ask questions: I am a victim of memorizing material the day before test day, especially in courses that do not apply to my major. I highly recommend not just going over material but LEARNING it if it involves your field, because it will probably show up again. If it is going to help you be better at your job, why would you not want to learn it? If you actually learn it, you won’t forget it so easy. Lastly make sure you leave time at the end of your studying days for questions. If you need to ask a classmate or even the professor, make sure you get all your questions in!

Get into a Graduate School for Speech Pathology: If you know me you know this has been a goal of mine for quite some time now. Being able to pursue what I love and taking it to the next level has always been a dream. I hope to pursue a masters degree in Speech Pathology and continue to work toward my goal of being a licensed speech-language pathologist.

 

Focus more on my blog: The ending of 2017 has been hectic, prepping for my GRE’s, taking 6 classes, applying to grad programs, working part time while also having a social life was all consuming. I felt as though I never had time for myself. Now starting my last semester of college, a goal of mine is to make more time for blogging during the semester.

 

Stay consistent with my healthy lifestyle: I had to cut down on the gym these last few months because I was spending most of my time focusing on the academics and graduate school preparations. This year I hope to stay consistent in working toward my fitness goals and weight lifting! 

 

Graduate Undergrad: I should be graduating in the spring and I am so excited! My undergraduate years went by fast but I definitely enjoyed them. College is fun and I think it would be fun for it to last forever but at the same time I am ready for this next chapter of my life.

 

Travel somewhere new: I love going to new places, who doesn’t? Whether it’s another country or state I hope to see somewhere new this year!

 

Just enjoy life: I want to take more risks, work hard, and take in every moment of this life. It is so precious and short. We do not appreciate the moments as they come which saddens me. Our life could change in a heartbeat.

-Veronica

Traveling has made this past summer one to remember. But senior year of college has officially started. Aside from all the stress and chaos going on in my life right now, I have finally found the time to put together my footage from my Jamaica trip. I hope you enjoy my short vlog!

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Living on an island for 2 months has really opened my eyes. The sound of the coquis, waves, and breeze calms me leaving me to my endless thoughts. My problems seem so small. There’s this constant anxiety running through me, not knowing if I am doing enough, or if I will ever be good enough to reach my dreams. I admit to not trying my best sometimes, and not pushing myself hard enough. Then I realized, it is okay to not be where you want to be or know how to get there. One of my favorite quotes by  F. Scott Fitzgerald says,

“For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.”

Your morals, your dreams, your personality, your aspirations, all of it makes you who you are. Remember to take a step back from your life and look at the bigger picture, there is only one life. In this one life I hope you are proud of who is staring back at you. I hope you take in the moments that take your breathe away. Don’t let the anxiety of life distract you. It’s never too late to change yourself into the person you want to be, the person you will be proud of. If you are not yet that person, have hope you will be. If you ever find yourself being someone other than the person you want to live your life being, be brave enough to start over, and become the person you’ve always wanted to be. There is time. You can do it. It will be okay. Breathe.

A photoset of me boating and island hopping yesterday:

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Ponce is a city in the southern part of Puerto Rico. I have to warn you, Ponce seems to be the hottest place I have ever been in Puerto Rico. I always dress in light comfortable clothes and shoes, prepared to walk. Downtown of the city has some things you might enjoy! First stop was Ponce Cathedral, the cathedral lies in the middle of Ponce’s town square also known as Plaza Las Delicias. The cathedral has over 300 years of history. The most interesting thing to me is that the original structure was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the years by earthquakes and fires yet it is still remarkable. Next stop was Parque de Bombas, directly in back of the cathedral. This is a historical firehouse in downtown Ponce. The building housed the city’s main fire station for many years, and it is now a museum. It was Puerto Rico’s very first fire station. I would also take advantage of the beautiful art, venders, and food around the town. Here is a photoset of my walk through the town!

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