Are you nervous about finals? Do you want to know more about how to prepare? Here are some study tips accumulated from reputable sources such as the Huffington Post and TopUniversities to help you ace your exams:
1.) Study in chunks
Popular to contrary belief, cramming is not the way to make As. Try studying in 20 minute to 50 minute increments, taking 5 minute to 10 minute breaks.
2.) Listen to Mozart
Classical music can stimulate both sides of the brain, allowing you to absorb more relevant information.
3.) Organize your study space
Try to make sure you have enough space to spread your books and folders around to make an organized area, and make sure lighting is good. Do you want to fall asleep right before you find the key to solving your Chemistry problems? Be sure to get rid of distractions such as food, music, or clutter.
4.) Organize study groups with friends
If you’re stuck on a Math problem, your friend may know the answer. And if your friend is stuck on a Chemistry problem, you can return the favor. Remember the best way to master anything is to teach it.
5.) Drink Cocoa
With its antioxidants and mood enhancers, natural cocoa is a top-notch study food — IF– you don’t drown it in sugar. Try dissolving organic cocoa in warm milk and adding cinnamon and other spices for flavor and energy.
6.) Avoid Test Anxiety
Test anxiety is when you’re so nervous for a test, you completely blank. This is common in a lot of college students; especially on finals. The best way to avoid test anxiety is to be prepared, calm, and confident.
7.) Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is essential for allowing your brain to work at its best. It’s a good idea to bring a water bottle with you to your exam (as long as it’s not distracting) to avoid thirst distractions and to get the hydration you need.
8.) Manage your time
With the end of the semester at your heels, time is definitely of the essence. To do your best, it’s important to organize your time productively and prioritize what’s important. Take a few minutes to make a study schedule. For example, schedule a block of time for studying Chemistry ONLY, and a block for Calculus ONLY, etc. That way you only have to worry about that subject during that time, and you can fit more study time into your day.
9.) Go to Office Hours
Let’s face it; no one really wants to go to your instructor’s office hours; which is why they’re so happy if you show up. Getting one-on-one help from an instructor is so invaluable in learning, especially at crunch time like this. But be sure to be respectful and don’t expect them to teach you the entire semester’s material in a half hour visit.
10.) Make it Interesting
Having trouble memorizing a formula? Make it fun. Relate it to something you know and can easily remember. This can be done for troubling concepts, too. Break it down, understand it, and make it interesting.
Finals aren’t as scary as you might think. They’re just assessing what you know and how you learned throughout the semester. Don’t freak out. Just look forward to your reward: 3 weeks of vacation! If you have any questions about finals or want more tips, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.