It is that dreaded time of the year again: finals. This is the week where college students are pouring over textbooks, drinking lots of coffee, and are stressing out while losing sleep. Finals do not have to be miserable if you know how to prepare for them. Here are five tips to help you prepare for finals.
1. Know your learning style
Everyone has a learning style that works best for them. Some people are more visual, some more auditory, some require a physical activity and most are a combination of a few. Knowing what your learning style is will help you know how you best learn. This will make studying and retaining that information easier.
2. Set time aside to study
This one should be obvious, but it can be a struggle (especially if you are a procrastinator). You may think you have plenty of time and decide to go to that party or hang out with your friends. However, there is that saying “Time flies when you’re having fun.” This can turn that plenty of time in to no time, which means you are rushing last minute to study. Pick a time of the day (it doesn’t have to be everyday) to study. The best time to study is at night before going to bed (not in bed). You retain more of what you read right before going to sleep.
3. Find a study group
Finding a study group has multiple benefits. 1: It holds you accountable to actually studying. If you have a group to study with you are less likely to procrastinate or put off studying. 2: If you are struggling to understand a topic or problem, you have more people to help you. They may be able to help you grasp the subject or know how to solve the problem.
4. Look over your notes
Ideally, you should have been taking notes during the semester. If you didn’t this semester, do so next semester! Looking over handwritten notes can help trigger memories of the lecture and can provide more clarity on difficult topics not easily explained in books.
5. Ask professors
Believe it or not, your professors want you to succeed in their class. If you ask them about the finals, they may provide some insight on what areas to focus on and what ones you don’t need to go over again. This will save you from having to study and memorize an entire semester’s worth of content.
These are just a few ways you can make finals week and the week prior less stressful. It will hopefully help prevent all-nighters, since sleep is very important to proper studying. If you prepare and get a proper night’s sleep, you should do great on your final exams. Good luck!
By Ashleigh Cue