Form Six 2022
From Different Regions and Organisations in Tanzania
1. Change up Your Study Space
Without a doubt, it’s essential to have a quiet, peaceful study space. However, research has shown that varying where you study actually improves learning. Shake up your routine! Try studying in different rooms in your house or apartment, or alternate between the study area, the library, your favorite cafe, and the public park. It will help you to retain what you need to know and keep you energized, so your finals prep doesn’t become a chore.
2. Don’t Just Study Hard – Study Smart.
For each subject, be sure to make a list of the course materials and the chapters that you’ve covered in the course. Consider how difficult each chapter or type of material was for you and write your evaluation next to it. You can use labels such as easy, somewhat difficult or extremely difficult; this will help you determine how much time you should spend on each chapter or area. It is also useful to study the difficult parts first; in this fashion, you will have more time before the exam to address particular difficulties or areas you really need help with.
3. Categorize Your Lessons in Order of Importance
Prioritize the lessons that you find difficult. Spend extra time studying for more challenging classes. For example, if you’re struggling in math or physics, tackle those subjects first. Later, you can review your English or art history lessons, and they will be a breeze!
Remember, you don’t have to devote equal time to every subject. Spend more time where you need to, and you won’t get an unpleasant shock at finals time.
4. Study with a Friend or Group.
Do not wait until the last minute to form study groups. Early on in the semester, approach classmates with the idea of forming a study group. It is ideal to have at least three people in case one person backs out, but not more than five since larger groups often turn difficult to coordinate. Organize your study groups by doing a few practice sessions early to go over class notes and areas that should be covered. Everyone in your study group will feel ahead of the game with an early start. Knowing that study group members depend on each other is a great method for reducing stress and increasing your motivation to study. In the case of FNU courses and programs that can be fully completed online, you can use the course forums to organize and coordinate study groups.
5. Take Advantage of the Review Session
Is your professor offering you a review session for the upcoming exam? If so, you should definitely go. They’ll cover the material you will be tested on, allowing you to focus on what you need to know for the final. You will also receive detailed information on the format and be able to ask any questions you have at the end.
6. Ask Questions and Request Help When You Need It.
Talk to classmates who clearly master the material and see if they’d be interested in helping you study. For many people, teaching is a great way to solidify their knowledge, so this would be a win-win situation for both. Don’t be afraid to ask classmates or friends who have already succeeded in the class to help you study for finals.
If your course features teaching assistants or tutors, take advantage of their availability to ask questions. Approach them before or after class, or visit them during office hours.
Instructors have regular office hours to ensure that they are available to students. If your schedule conflicts with the instructors’ office hours, send e-mails to set up alternate times. Instructors are there to help you understand the subject, and by asking questions you show them that you care about the material as well as your grade.