Unwind Your Mind Resources

We recognize that the mid-term and final exam period are stressful times for students. In partnership with Unwind Your Mind, we want to provide tips and advice for effective studying to help you de-stress this semester. 

We offer individual appointments to support students throughout their personalized academic journey. Group workshops are available throughout the semester to support your development of specific skills. 

Active Ways to Review Your Course Materials

  • Include headings, subheadings & key themes – focus on how the concepts are related.
  • Include as much or as little as you find helpful – don’t get overwhelmed!
  • Put it in your own words – use abbreviations, symbols, and paraphrasing that make sense to you.
  • Make a concept map for: 1) the units/topics in a course, 2) the topics in a chapter, or 3) the components of a law, theory, or principle.
  1. Take your cue from your instructor. What exactly does the instructor want you to focus on in the chapters? Be strategic and follow their advice.
  2. Consolidate your information. Add textbook details to your class notes or draw diagrams to represent textbook ideas.
  3. Make a concept map of the headings, subheadings, & main ideas.
  4. Turn the headings and subheadings into questions to test your knowledge.
  5. Turn chapter learning objectives or summary points into questions to test your knowledge.
  6. Do the practice questions or self-tests.
  7. Look up the answers to practice questions and self-tests: work on figuring out why one particular answer is correct and why the other answers are incorrect.
  8. Compare and contrast the attributes of two or more categories or similar things. Use tables or Venn diagrams.
  9. Identify additional examples. Challenge yourself to think of unique examples of concepts from your own life.
  10. Read strategically. Look up information missing from your notes, and always read with a specific goal in mind.
It seems obvious in a problem-solving class such as math, but practice questions can be used in any subject. Here are some ways to practice using your knowledge: 
  • Review and redo assigned questions
  • Review your midterm exams and quizzes
  • Do sample or practice exams
  • Try variations on questions
  • Try the most challenging version of a question
  • Write your own questions:
     Anticipate what your instructor will ask
     Write a question for each key concept in a unit OR for each page of notes OR for each PowerPoint slide
     Write questions in the format in which you are being tested
     Answer them!
  • With a study partner, write questions and swap them, or quiz each other
  • Ask how and why questions (not just what, when, where, and who) about concepts to challenge your understandings
Some old exams are available through the SU Exam Registry.

Additional Academic Resources

Advice on the Dean of Students' Blog