After completing senior secondary education, students step toward higher learning. They take admission to colleges and universities to pursue graduation and diploma courses. Similar to education, exams are conducted in colleges too. To check students’ understanding and knowledge of the academic subjects being taught to them and for completion of their higher learning degrees, exams are conducted. The college exams are conducted semester-wise.
For example, a three-year graduation course is divided into six semesters, which means two semesters per year. For first semester exams, students face many study challenges as it is a very new experience for them. Let us discuss some effective tips that students can follow to study, prepare and score well for their first-semester college exams.
Challenges faced by students
- Students feel nervous
Exam time is always stressful for students. When they enter college, the study format, the ambiance, and exam pattern all is different compared to what students have been doing in the school. The first semester exams are new for them. They lack the idea of how exams will be conducted, what will be the level of questions etc. These thoughts make students feel nervous and anxious.
- The academic subjects are new and complex
In higher learning courses, the academic subjects become complex and detailed. Because of this, students find preparing for these subjects exams for the first time slightly difficult. How to start, what to practice, and collecting the right study material are a few challenges faced by students.
- Understanding issues
As we discussed above, in higher learning courses, the academic subjects become detailed and complex. Because of this, students face understanding issues. It becomes difficult for them to understand every topic from the textbooks and guides. Lack of proper academic understanding affects studies and also makes students more stressed for their first semester exams.
Study tips for first-semester college exams
- Make sure to attend the lectures properly
You have just entered your higher learning course, to understand the subjects well and become familiar with the academic structure, attending the classes regularly is very important. By being irregular to the lectures, students not only miss the topics being taught on that particular day but also their understanding of further lessons is also affected.
To prevent this from happening to you, whether learning via an online teaching app or conventionally, make sure to attend all the subject lectures regularly. This will help you to receive a quality education, a proper academic understanding, and be prepared for first semester exams effectively.
- Use technology to study
If you face difficulty in understanding the new academic subjects from the textbooks, guides, and notes, using technology will help you. By using an online classroom app, teachers can teach online, students can access several audiovisual tools like educational videos, modules, demonstrations, picture cards, PowerPoint presentations, visual graphs, and more. With the help of visualization, students tend to understand the concepts better and quicker. With this, you will be able to prepare for your exams effectively. Also, the studies become more interesting and engaging for learners.
- Feel free to consult professors regarding any doubt
As you lack any experience in how college exams are conducted, your mind must be filled with plenty of doubts and queries. This leads to confusion and overthinking. In such cases, you must interact with your college teachers and professors.
But many students fear asking doubts. They feel that they might be judged or scolded. However this is a wrong assumption, teachers are there to help you out only so feel free to consult them. Also, if you are facing any difficulties in academic subjects, ask them. You can also tell your professors to arrange a separate doubt class for all the students.
- Plan for group studies
The best tip for preparing for the first semester exams is group studies. The time you spend off-campus, sitting in the college canteen and ground can be used to have quality group studies. Together, you can explain to each other the exam syllabus. Also, you can be a support system for your friends. Group studies help to feel less stressed, stay motivated, and have effective studies.
Studies for the first semester of college exams can be stressful and challenging for students as they don’t have any experience or idea about it. However following the above-mentioned tips that are attending the lectures regularly, using technology, planning for group studies, and consulting professors for doubt resolution will help students to prepare for the first semester of college exams effectively and efficiently.