Study Tips from Honors Program students – Part 2

by · June 4, 2018

Looking for some study tips? The members of our MSMC Honors Program talk about the study tips that have worked for them.

Time Management

Nicole Cavallo – senior Biology and Chemistry major on the Physician Assistant prep track: “Don’t procrastinate!”

Catrina Colombo – sophomore Undeclared major:“Taking a little bit, day-by-day, so cramming isn’t an option. It’s less stressful and more efficient!”

Brianna De Lizzio – sophomore Nursing major: “Start early, way before you think you need to. Even if your friends aren’t studying yet, it is okay. You will be more prepared. If you make a study guide for each exam as the semester is going on, you can compile all of your study guides at the end to study for your final, and you don’t need to spend time making one. Plus, if you keep up with your work and do well all year, you won’t have as much pressure on yourself to do well on the final.”

Erica Eack – sophomore Biology major on the Pre-Veterinary track:“Allow yourself multiple days to review material rather than one night before the test. Spread the studying out over a week span and use the night before as a general review session.”

Annalise Hansen – sophomore History and English major: “Don’t wait until the night before the test to study. Break the information down and go over it piece by piece. Study for short bursts at a time, then take a break and start again. Try practicing answering questions or outline possible essay questions beforehand.”

Brigid Kapuvari – junior English major:“Don’t wait to crack open a book at midnight.”

Kristen Phillips – sophomore Nursing major:“Do not cram the night before an exam. Try to study the information over a few days or a week so you aren’t overloading your brain with information at once.”


Angelina Ammirati – junior Math major pursuing education certification with special education: “Use note cards for important facts and definitions, and rewrite major details from notes. Try using different colors when writing to organize your thoughts.”

Ann Ruvolo – senior in Biology on the Pre-Dental track:“Concentration on repetition by rewriting important material until it is memorized.”

Emma Sabini – sophomore Nursing major: “Rewrite all notes at least once, and use practice problems online. The more exposure, the better!”

Michelle Wood – senior Psychology major: “Make a detailed list of all the topics and material that has been covered and then spend time each day reviewing a few items from this list.”



Kyle McIntyre – sophomore Political Science and History major: “Have a study location. Having a habit of studying in one location will allow your brain to be trained for studying and will make it easier to do so. And stay out of your room. I can’t emphasize it enough: Being in your room will make it harder because you’ll be too comfortable.”

Daley O’Keefe – sophomore Biology major seeking Adolescent Education certification:“If you have trouble focusing, try listening to white noise. There are several spas available that have a lot of different types of white noise. It helps to block out distracting sounds and thoughts!”



Cristina Pinho – sophomore Nursing major:“Do not study with distractions going on.”

Aleah Walsh – senior in Accounting:“Place your phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’ so you don’t lose your focus on what you are studying when your phone vibrates.”



 Meghan Burleigh – sophomore Nursing major:“Make sure to take care of yourself. This will help so much when studying for a big test. Stay hydrated and eat healthy foods to keep your mind active.”

Hope Schaumburg – senior Math major seeking Adolescence and Special Education certification:“Do not be afraid to walk away from a long session of studying to unplug for a half hour or so. It stops anxiety and it gives one a fair assessment of one’s knowledge on the material because it is possible to see how much information has been retained over that period of time before returning to the books.”

Leanne Vergis – sophomore Enlish major and seeking Adolescence and Special Education certification:“Take a fifteen-minute break if you become overwhelmed as it helps to refocus.”


Tricks and tips

Jessalyn Goetz – sophomore Biology major on the Pre-Physical Therapy track:“Starting is the hardest part. It all flows from there.”

Rebecca Goldberg – sophomore English major seeking Childhood and Special Education certification:“Make flashcards and carry them with you everywhere so you can study if you have extra time. I have been doing this since I was in elementary school and it really helps me to recall and memorize information.”

Nasayah Israel – sophomore Business major:“Stay in contact with your professors! Email them and don’t be shy to ask questions. Review with them in their office. They will help you and make sure you understand the material.”

 Victoria Kuhr – sophomore English major: “Create a study group with focused people in your classes.”

LeighAnn Perina – senior Business major: “Have a friend or parent text you flashcard prompts that you create for them. Both reading and writing will reiterate the ideas.”

Sophia Reinhardt – sophomore Math major seeking Childhood and Special Education:“Use Quizlet.”

Kelsey Simeone – senior English major with minors in Psychology and Math and seeking Childhood and Special Education certification:“Make a check-list or to-do list to keep yourself organized.”

Sabina Zarod – freshman Biology major on the Pre-Medical track:“Remember everything!

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