Finals week is approaching fast! Where did the time go, right? We know you would rather be lounging on the couch watching Westworld or hanging out with friends before summer hits, but it is time to get prepared so that you conquer your exams.
Here is a list as finals week approaches so that you can ace your exams from start to finish:
1. Create your own study guide.
While many teachers provide a study guide, creating your own can help you understand the material better. Everyone thinks differently so sometimes you must change things up to benefit your style of learning!
2. Ask questions and attend the review sessions!
Your professors and TA’s are there to help! Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on. This is a must!
3. Start early.
If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!
4. Organize a group study session.
It can be helpful to study in groups – sometimes. Evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to the subject as well at your learning process.
5. Take breaks.
You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key – ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.
6. Stay well-rested.
There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams!
7. Prioritize your study time.
Some exams will be more difficult than others, some you may find easier to study for. Some may be worth more of your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams to consider and determine all of the involved factors so you can study accordingly.
8. Study for the style of exam.
If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.
9. Quiz yourself.
If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam. Draft potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.
10. Revolve your focus.
Switching up your subjects is a helpful way to learn everything for your exams while preventing burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up before your eyes glaze over!
Lastly, make it FUN!
Why not reward yourself with a piece of chocolate or a sip of your coffee after you’ve accomplished a new chapter or if you are a workout junkie take breaks for push-ups! Music and dance breaks help too, keep that blood flowing!