Finals are right around the corner, and for many of us, this is the most stressful time of the year. As a senior Ive been around the finals block quite a few times now, so here are my top 7 study tips to get you through finals!
- Start early.
I know this is a lot easier said than done, but starting a couple of weeks in advance really is the best way to tackle finals. Cramming, while very popular, is actually a very ineffective way to study and can increase stress while preventing you from getting sleep, which brings me to my next point…
- GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP!
A brain without sleep doesn’t function nearly as well as one that is well rested.
- Alternate study spots.
Your brain forms subtle connections between the material and your environment. If you only study in one spot, your brain is going to have such a strong connection to that one specific location, it will be hard for you to recall that information later during your exam.
- Pick your study spaces wisely.
Your bed may be very comfortable, but it also will make you more liable to fall asleep. Also try to avoid places where you know you can be easily distracted.
- Discover your own personal study method
. Just because your roommate uses flash cards doesnt mean that they are the best study method for yourself. Do what works best for you.
- Find ways to be engaged in your study sessions.
Change the words to a song, Come up with pneumonic devices, or do whatever brings a little joy to your study time.
- Take breaks!
Don’t try to study all at once. After about 12 hours its really hard for your brain to learn any new information. Plan 15-30 minute breaks, go for a run, watch a tv show, or anything that will help relieve some stress.
Studying for finals can be extremely stressful, but it will all be worth it once you make the grade!
Good luck everyone! And may the curve be ever in your favor!