It is that time of the year when finals are getting near, possibly one of the worst and best times of the year. This is a very bitter sweet time of the year, because many students are excited to go home for a month for winter break but many students also loose track of time to study for their finals. Unlike high school, finals are much more important because finals go towards your actual grade in the class. This is why finals week is so important and stressful for many students, finals can either make or break your grade in the class. Here are some helpful tips to stay on track and do well on finals
- Time: make sure to give yourself at least a week before each final to get notes, make notecards, and homework together to study off of. Do not wait two days before a final to study, if you want to do well, start studying little by little at least 5-7 days before your final.
- Don’t over do it: Make sure to take breaks in between studying for a final, don’t study for 3 hours straight without taking a break. Try studying for 45 minutes and then taking a 10/15 minute break.
- Distractions: go to the library and shut your phone off so its out of your sight so you can focus and study.
- Make your own notes: re-read the chapters and make your own notes and combine them with your professors to better understand the topic
- Notecards: use notecards! notecards are one of the best ways that I memorize everything.
- Study groups: study groups can help students do better by studying and learning from their peers.
- Office Hours: if you have any questions about a topic this is your last time to meet with your professor to get the answers you need to do well on your exam.
- Extra work: If the professor gives you a study guide or online questions, make sure to do the work because most of the time those questions are what the exam will look like.
- Listen to mozart: if you want music to relax you or just to help you focus better, studies show that listening to mozart helps you retain more information.
- Sleep: make time to study though out the day so you do not have to pull all nighters and loose sleep
- Exercise: it is good to exercise for 20 minutes to help relieve stress, go on a 15 minute walk or jog with friends!
- Exam schedule: don’t forget to find out what your exam times and days are because they are different than actual class time.
Good luck on all your finals!