As the semester winds down to a close, finals season is upon us! Before we can get to the fun of summer we must go through the pain of finals. Whether this is your first year or not, here are 7 effective studying tips to help you ace your final exams.
1. Start Early
No matter when your exams start, you always have less time than you think you have to study for them. The best possible advice is to start by reviewing your notes as early as possible.
2. Create a Study Group
There’s power in numbers! Talk to the people in your classes to set up a group study period. This joint session can help you talk through difficult concepts that you might not have understood in class. Group study sessions are also helpful if you missed any classes and don’t have the notes.
3. Attend a study session
Your school may set up study sessions for certain classes, so before you go and create your own, see if they are offering one. These study groups may be more beneficial because they are often run by the teaching assistant or someone else who will know the structure of the exam and can help you with your questions.
4. Mix Things Up
Finals are a marathon, not a sprint. It’s easy to burn out when you’re studying 24/7 so you need to switch things up. Exercise is a great way to distract yourself from school, so check out your school’s gym or take a yoga class at your local community center. Hang out with friends, watch a movie or go for a long walk – as long as you’re not taking your books with you, you can do anything to take your mind off school for a bit.
5. Talk to Your Professor
Professors often hold extended office hours as exam season approaches, and it will be to your benefit to go see them personally. You can have them explain and review anything you didn’t understand earlier and they will be happy you are putting in the extra effort.
6. Find Your Method
Everyone learns differently, and one of the hardest parts about college is figuring out the best way to study for you. For some people, this is re-writing your notes over and over again, but for some it might be recording yourself reading your notes and listening to it back. A popular method is writing down key terms on cue cards and memorizing them like that. This works best for memorization based courses with objective knowledge and many terms.
7. Set a schedule
Creating a daily study schedule will help you stay organized. When you do this you can also schedule out areas of free time so you aren’t spending all your time studying. Agendas are perfect for this because they help to keep you accountable.