The time when students consume a ridiculous amount of coffee and spend more time in the library than at home is fast approaching. Studying and completing your final exams is an overwhelming experience and can be difficult to approach because final exams are not just any tests. These exams test your knowledge from the entire semester and can heavily influence your final grade. We want your final exams experience to be as stress-free as possible so here is everything you need to know in advance about final exams.
Start early and organize yourself
If possible, start studying for finals a few weeks before your first test. If you have a lot due before your first final exams prioritize your time and don’t stress – you can get a lot done in 24 hours. In terms of preparation, it is important to gather everything you need before you begin to study. This could consist of printing out all your notes or even collecting notes from missed classes.
During final exams it feels as though there is never enough time to study everything! Thus, it becomes essential that you devise a study plan that is efficient. For example, first study the things you are certain to be on the test and then move onto studying what will probably be on the final and then studying what might be on the final. This ensures that you have reviewed the basics if you do run out of time. It is also important that you give yourself more time to study for your toughest class, even if it is your last final exam.
Take care of your body
Not sleeping enough during final exams does more harm than help to both your knowledge and body. Pulling an all-nighter to cram information only really fuels your sporadic coffee addiction and inhibits you from retaining information. Don’t jeopardize your health for one exam – make sleep a priority, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.
Make it fun
Final exams are stressful and given the library’s cold temperature and grey aesthetic, studying feels like you are trapped in a dungeon. So, make studying fun! After a day of studying, treat yourself with your favorite type of food or talk about the test material with a friend. There are so many ways in which your suffering can be mitigated, and luckily winter break is on the other side of the dungeon.
Have a mantra
Four simple words that you can say to yourself before, during and after your exam are “I tried my best.” Sometimes it helps to come up with a line like the aforementioned when you are feeling stressed and anxious, which will help you feel empowered to keep on fighting through finals.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Despite the importance that is placed onto final exams, it is crucial to not be too hard on yourself – they are just tests. Remember many successful individuals like Steve Jobs dropped out of school so don’t stress yourself out more than you have to.