It’s getting dangerously close to that time in the semester when your classes are going to end and you’ll have to take final exams. You certainly don’t want to go into this part of the semester unprepared. This is why we’ve put together some tips to get your prepped for the dreaded finals time.
Study for the most difficult exams the most. You should avoid devoting equal time to each class, as not all your classes are going to be the most difficult for you. Divide your time up so that you’re expending the most effort on the most difficult classes.
Study early and often. You want to avoid just studying for your exam the night before. It will not only overload you, but you also won’t retain as much information. According to Colin Gruenwald of Kaplan Test Prep, it’s best to stop studying 12 to 24 hours before the test, as you aren’t going retain new content and you’ll be much more stressed. Therefore it is best to start now (if you haven’t already) and to take some time each day to devote to studying for your finals.
Alternate study spots. According to the New York Times, you should switch the locations where you study to increase retention. So instead of studying in the same coffee shop or in the library every day, try a alternating between a few different study spots.
Get a good night’s sleep before the exam. Avoid staying up the night of the exam to cram. Like Gruenwald says, it isn’t going to help you, and it is really just going to stress you out more. It is best to get some sleep so that you’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.
Take your time on the test. It’s best to pace yourself while you’re working on your exam. Try taking a break between sections or portions of the exam so that you don’t get too stressed or overwhelmed. It’s also a good idea to stay as long as you have to, and you can. Most people will tend to leave as soon as they have finished answering the last question, however, it is best to finish and then your review your answers before turning in the exam.
We hope these few little tips help you with the dreaded final exam week. Just don’t forget to relax and breathe.
Good luck on exams!
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