Guess what! It’s finals season!!! I don’t know about you, but the thought of finals gives me goosebumps. Those of you in a quarter system are probably thinking ” Haley, you are crazy, finals isn’t until June.” However, us semester system folks have finals rapidly approaching and the panic revolving around finals week is starting to build. Luckily for you, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve to make finals week as low stress as possible.
- Start Studying Early!! Don’t procrastinate and wait until the last possible moment to study, you won’t have enough time to cram a whole semester/quarter’s worth of knowledge into your head. Beginning to study a couple weeks in advance will allow you to space out your studying causing you to stress less and feel more prepared.
- Write, Read, and Speak!! What does this mean? One of my best ways to study is by create a study guide and read it out loud to myself or other people. It is important that when you write the study guide rather than typing, because it makes you process the information more than if you simply type it on the computer. Every night before bed read the study guide out loud to yourself, this only takes about 10-15minutes! I have found that by writing, reading, and listening to the information I am allowing myself to process the information in multiple ways.
- Sleep! People think that they can pull an all nighter and get an A on the final the next morning, however it is very important to let your brain rest. If you stay up all night then your brain and body are physically and mentally exhausted, no matter how many cups of coffee you may drink.
- Realize you did the best you could! I know plenty people who go into the test stressing about the outcome and trying to cram the last 10 minutes before the exam. I have found that stressing before a test does no help me when I take the test. Instead, I tell myself that I did the best I could while studying and whatever happens, happens. By doing so, I manage to keep a level head before the test, rather than psyching myself out.
The important to remember you do not control what is on the test, but you do control how you prepare for it. I hope you find my studying tips and tricks helpful! Good luck on your finals and tests!