Know What You’re Studying:
I think the hardest part about studying is knowing where to start. If your professor provides a study guide that is definitely a good place to start. If not, I like to go back to the resources the professor provided (PowerPoint slides, videos, lectures, etc.) and take the most important information and synthesize it on one document. Now that I’m in my second quarter I like the make sure all of the information I’m gathering is tied to occupation in someway because that will likely be on the test!
With all of the information we have to learn in OT school it is definitely easy to get overwhelmed and procrastinate! I try to break my studying into chunks and tackle the information that way. I start preparing my doc for studying at least a week in advance. Since we had midterms last week, I saved the documents I made and will start to add new information for finals preparation! (It’s just a few short weeks away!)
I’m a talker so I cannot get the bulk of my studying done with others but having a review session with classmates is important! Going over trouble areas with others can make the information stick. Plus they may be able to catch something you forgot to study. It can add a little fun, especially if you’re not able to be in class with your cohort!
Relax, You Know More Than You Think You Do!
Lastly, RELAX! This one is very important to me. During my undergrad, I would get a ton of test anxiety and feel the need to study for long periods of time and feel burnt out. When I started graduate school I knew I wanted to make sure I can avoid this as much as possible. Our exams are online for the time being so I am able to schedule when I take the exam. So if I have an afternoon test, I will study the night before, but then I will not study a few hours before the exam. If the exam is at 9 am, I will stop studying a few hours before bed and do some self-care or have relaxation time.
All in all, you know yourself best. Don’t feel discouraged if you do not perform as well as you want to! It may take a test or two to finally understand how you study best in OT school. These are just some of the tips that have worked well for me!
Thanks for reading! 🙂