So the semester is finally winding down and as we come into finals week, I’m sure all of us are starting to become a little worried about things and having enough time to study for everything so we can ‘rock the socks’ off of them. But we always find ourselves checking ‘the book of face’, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. As for me, many of you may know I am addicted to Pinterest and as I was scrolling through all of the random stuff, I came across this link to help with studying habits and such. Here are a the tips one pinner posted, and I thought they were pretty logical so I thought I would share them with you!
FIRST, preparing to study.
To-do lists are your friend. A week or two before your finals start, begin making a list of everything you need to do to prepare. Making flashcards, reviewing notes, doing problems, what ever you think you’ll need to do, put it on there! I have my list organized by class and date of the final to help me prioritize. Also, sticky notes are your friend here too! Use them to mark places in your book or notes that you know you need to review, such as summary pages or important charts.
Then, figure out what to study.
This might be the hardest part. If provided a study guide, fill it out! Writing down the information will help to cement it in your brain. If not, create one! What has your teacher emphasized on previous tests? Have they mentioned anything in class that might help? What are the main ideas? Put it all on your study guide.
Find yourself a nice, quiet place free of distraction. I prefer to get a table outside Starbucks downtown during the day and a study room in the student center at night. If I absolutely have to study at home, I work at my kitchen table with little distractions. I also always have some study snacks and plenty of water and Diet Coke on hand!
How do you learn best? Do you review your notes by talking them out with someone? Reviewing flashcards? Rewriting and reorganizing the information? You know what’s best for you and how you will best retain the information. Exhaust all your resources. Do review questions in the book from required readings. Go over anything your professor has handed out in class. Go over old tests if you have them and if your final is cumulative.
That’s probably the hardest part. Download the Self Control app and block any distracting websites for a set amount of time. If you don’t absolutely need your computer, then don’t use it. If you know that you won’t get anything done studying with certain friends (you know who they are), study alone or with other people. They’ll understand; you can see them when you’re done!
Rock your exam!
Start the morning of your test with a good breakfast. Dress for success- whether you prefer yoga pants or a cute outfit. Breathe. You’re prepared. Don’t psych yourself out.
When finals are over, reward your hard work with a night out with friends, a big meal with too many calories, or just relax and watch too much Netflix. I might be guilty of doing all three of those when I finished my exams. Oops.
Hope this helps some of you, and I hope finals all treat you well!