Via CastingOutNines I came to this post on how to study. Good stuff, especially for you college-student-wannabes (or even you current college students!). Listed below are some things to avoid:
Bad Habit #1: Studying Without a Plan
Bad Habit #2: Skipping Classes
Bad Habit #3: Using Rote Review
Bad Habit #4: Studying After Midnight
Bad Habit #5: Not Taking Notes on Your Reading
The week after next is finals week at my school. Here are the two rules by which I lived during finals when I was an undergraduate:
Well rested, well tested.
Study too long, you're wrong.
The first of those is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer, but the second needs a brief explanation. The second assumes that the purpose of studying is to review material you had previously learned, not to learn new material. If you're trying to learn new material while studying for a final, you've probably already lost that battle. Make sure you know, extremely well, what you've already learned. Eat, sleep, study. Don't overburden your mind. Relax as much as you can.