As a senior, I have been through the ups and downs, the good grades and the bad, of finals. And believe me, YOU CAN DO IT! You can conquer that final you’ve been dreading all semester.
Here a are a few quick tips to help you study:
- Go to as many review sessions as you can. Reviewing past material with your professor or TA can never hurt. They know what they’re talking about and they know what might be on the final exam.
- Find a study group. Having a support group is super important. Some of your peers understand the material in terms that you can easily digest. Besides, the best way to know the material is by teaching it to and quizzing someone else.
- Stay hydrated and well-fed. This might seem obvious but the most harmful thing you can do is neglect your body. Studying is an activity that uses a lot of energy. When you’re cramming and pulling all-nighters it’s easy to forget to eat or drink enough water that will keep you energized and alert.
- It’s okay to take study breaks. Taking regular breaks can boost productivity and improve our ability to focus on a single task. Go get coffee, hang out with friends, or attend an on-campus event.
- Make a study guide, organize your notes. The more ways you can manipulate and experience the material you are trying to learn, the more secure your understanding and memory of it will be. Make graphs, lists, and diagrams to teach yourself the material in a new way.
- Don’t wait until the night before to contact your professor about a question you have. Its likely your professor won’t even respond to you in time because they aren’t trying to pull an all-nighter. Also, while you wait for a response, your anxiety and stress levels will rise. Do yourself a favor and try to contact your professor a good 24-hours in advance with any questions you might have.
- Stay well-rested, don’t forgo sleep to study extra. Never try to pull an all-nighter! What you may gain from extra study time will not compensate for the loss of alertness and ability to concentrate due to lack of sleep. In fact, during sleep, the brain strengthens new memories, so there’s a good chance you’ll remember whatever you review right before dozing off before a good night’s sleep.
- Reward yourself for meeting deadlines. Every time you finish a chapter or complete a study guide, give yourself a little prize (food, candy, 5 minutes on social media, etc). This added motivation can help you study during longer periods of time and it helps you avoid procrastination.
- Study in an environment that is beneficial for you. Find a place on campus that fits your study habits and make it into your go-to location. If you associate a certain place with studying then you are more likely to be motivated to study there.
- Keep calm, there is more to life than finals. Future and employers don’t care what letter grade you got in your classes. They want to know if you passed and how much of the material you learned you can apply to the workforce. One bad grade will not kill your future.
I hope these tips will help you out! I know they did for me. I wish you the best during finals! GOOD LUCK!!!