Finals season is upon us, and while it may be stressful, it also marks the end of yet another semester. Its the final step before receiving a clean grade slate next semester, and while studying may seem like the last thing you want to do before going on Christmas break, its time to hunker down and work hard one last time before heading home. Here are eight steps to increase your success:
- Create a study plan–
Lay out what are you going to cover each day leading up to your final. Each final covers a ton of information, and usually its from the entire semester. It may seem super overwhelming, but if you break everything down into To-Do lists for each day, you will find that its a lot less than you thought
- Give yourself time–
Don’t be that person who
tries to cover an entire semester in one day, because its not gonna happen. Give yourself a couple days to be able to go over everything thoroughly and limit stress
- Find your study style– do you like outlines? Flashcards? reading the lecture slides? hopefully you have already found your study style from previous exams throughout the semester, and knowing what works for you is the best way to study effectively
- Take breaks– You ever get so tired of studying that you read something and cant even comprehend it anymore? Take a break. Sometimes it helps with being able to actually retain the information you are trying to teach yourself. But be careful, dont let a quick Netflix episode turn into an entire marathon.
- Keep Calm– stressing out and having a breakdown doesn’t help anyone. If you give yourself enough time, you should be able to stay relatively calm, however if you find yourself getting really anxious, taking a breather, calling home, or taking a nice soothing shower tends to help
- Find your study location– some people prefer the library while some can study on their bed or at their desk. You have to find where you will get distracted the least in order to study the most effectively in the least amount of time. Typically though the library is usually the least distracting and most productive
- Get sleep– Its been scientifically proven that getting the proper amount of sleep helps with retaining information, plus you won’t have to worry about missing a silly question on the exam just because you were too tired and misread the question. Aim for at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night, but also don’t oversleep because you may wake up just as tired. In reality though, you probably will not get enough sleep, so make sure you catch up on some Z’s post exam time.
- Go to office hours– if you want to know exactly what you should be studying the best way to figure that out is going to office hours. Not only does it show that you care, but it also will answer anything you are unsure about and help you do better on the exam
Good luck with exams everyone! Just remember that as long as you try your best, you have done the best you can. While everyone hopes they can get the grade they want, not getting that grade doesn’t mean its the end of the world. “Set backs are bumps in the road, they are not the end of the roads” – Bob Greene