The month of April is quickly coming to an end, as May approaches the added stress of finishing the semester strong is hindered by the thought of final exams. While everybody has different ways to prepare for exams, the advice below can perhaps give you a new idea to prepare for our final week before break!
Complete final projects or papers as early as possible so more time is spent of studying. Time is everything, and making sure adequate time is spent on studying means your time management skills need to be in tip top shape. Setting a completion date for other projects two or three weeks before finals week can give you ample time to focus on studying.
Prioritize the exams that need the most attention. One of the biggest mistake one could make is giving all subjects the same amount of time to study. If there are some subjects that you feel more confident of than others spend the time on the subject that you re less confident in.
Study with a group, but allow time to yourself. Studying with a group is a great way to prepare for an exam. This will give you opportunities to bounce questions off each other. Did you know, if someone asks a question and you answer it, that is a great way to grasp a concept that may be on your final. Make sure you take notes during your group sessions because many new ideas and answers can be discussed here. Make sure there is time utilized for yourself to study along. Less distractions can be beneficial in recalling information from class or group sessions.
Know the importance of breaks. Taking breaks and sleeping are essential to the quality of studying you put fourth into your exams. Every 30 minutes you should take a quick healthy snack break (almonds, fruit, yogurt). Fueling your mind and body while studying limits distractions and ignites motivation. Utilize a “study walk system”, set a small goal you want to study and once that goal is met take a walk. This walk could be around your apartment, neighborhood, or campus. While on the walk go over the information in your head.
Get eight hours of sleep! The ideal amount of time to sleep is eight hours. While staying up late may be tempting, the later you stay up the less energy you have in the morning. Remember to avoid caffeinated drinks, fatty foods, and alcohol – these all hinder your body’s ability to work at optimum levels.