Hi all! The most stressful time of the year is just around the corner…FINALS WEEK! I don’t know about you, but I always lock myself up in the library or at a coffee shop studying twenty-four seven leading up to and during final weeks. Over the years I began to perfect my study methods in order to make finals a less stressful time. Why keep my survival study guide secret when I can share it with all of you? Get ready for my tested and approved method for finals madness!
Week Before Finals
- Create a Study Schedule! This doesn’t have to be super in depth if you do not want it to be. However, I have found that if I physically write out every thing I want to do each day leading up to each final. This can be as broad or specific as you want, from study biology to review chapter 2 of Biology and make flash cards. A study schedule keeps you accountable and allows you to know exactly what you still have to do in order to be prepared for the stressful day to come.
- Create a Study Guide for Each Class! I have found making study guides to be the most important thing I do when studying for finals or midterms. They allow me to revisit all important concepts I have learned throughout the quarter/semester and create an organized place to condense my notes. Study guides only have to be as in depth as you think the final will be. If the final is cumulative, then it will probably be more in depth in sections you do not understand or haven’t reviewed in a while. In order to make a study guide, pretend that you are making a cheat sheet for a test. (DO NOT ACTUALLY USE THIS ON THE TEST UNLESS YOUR PROFESSOR ALLOWS YOU TO!)
- Create Flashcards for Classes that Involve Memorization! Flashcards are pretty straight forward. I like to use these for classes like Organic Chemistry and Biology, which are more concept based classes and a bit harder for me to learn.
- Do Practice Problems/Practice Exams! Once you feel like you have a good handle on the material for the exam, start doing practice problems or exams if your professor provides them for you. Do not use any study materials while doing this so that you can figure out which concepts you do understand and which concepts you need to spend a little more time on.
- Have Someone Test You on Your Study Guides and Flash Cards! I love to be able to verbally talk to someone about the material I have learned. My biology professor always told us that if you are able to teach somebody the material you learned, you are prepared to take the exam.
- Finish Any Steps from the Week Before that Have Not Been Finished! I know that it can be hard to have everything done the week before finals week, especially if you have multiple classes to study for. It just isn’t reasonable to be completely ready for every final by the time finals start. Prioritize your hardest and first finals the week before, then study for your easier and later finals. Pace yourself, studying isn’t a race!
- Sleep! Sleep is so important. If you are staying up all night studying, you become sleep deprived. The last thing you want to do is be extremely tired and not be able to pay attention while you are taking your final!
- Eat! Eating well makes your body feel better. Do not skip breakfast the day of an exam, it is the most important meal of the day! You do not want your stomach grumbling in the middle of an exam…trust me!
- Exercise! Go on a walk or something to destress yourself. I have found exercising to be a great escape from the reality of finals week. If you are worried about not having enough time to go on a walk or to the gym, just bring your flash cards or study guides with you and study while working out!
- Don’t Stress! Try not to stress, it only makes finals week worse. Instead of stressing, just remember that finals is only a week and that there is only so much you can do.
- Ace Your Finals! You are now prepared to take you final! Don’t stress, you are ready! Know that whatever grade you receive is okay and that you did your best!
Good luck on your finals! You will do great!
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