Finals are stressful, but with the right planning and preparation, you can help ease some of the stress. Are you following these tips for studying for finals?
Tips for Studying for Finals
Tip #1: Prioritize and plan
When are your final exams? When are you final presentations, finals projects, and papers due? When are the study sessions to prepare for each of these? When are the professor’s office hours if you need help? Create a calendar with every important event and deadline. From this calendar, prioritize which projects, classes, or papers need the most attention. Make deadlines for yourself: days when you should have a draft due, days when you take this draft to a professor, or days when you need to have a project draft done so that you can meet with your classmates to finalize your materials. This level of planning will ensure that you’re not left doing something at the last minute.
Tip #2: Compare notes with a classmate
Even if you go to every class, it’s possible that you missed an idea or a concept. Schedule a study session with a classmate and compare your notes to make sure that you have everything you need to prepare for your exam. In the process, you are also studying for the exam. That’s multitasking!
Tip #3: Attend any study sessions
Many professors and teaching assistants will schedule study sessions. Be sure to attend these. If there isn’t one, ask for one! Or organize your own.
Tip #4: Visit your professor or teaching assistant during office hours
Be sure to visit your professor or teaching assistant during their office hours. This is crucial time when you can speak with them, ask questions, ask for clarification, and better understand key concepts from the class. They will appreciate your dedication, and the time you invest will be reflected in your test score.
Tip #5: Organize your notes
Go through your notes. Read them carefully. Organize them. Type them if they are hand-written. Hand write them if they are typed. Each time you do something like this, you are giving yourself another chance to review your notes.
Tip #6: Be creative
Have fun with your studying! Make some illustrations to explain concepts, go on the internet and see if there are people or groups dedicated to this topic (and then discuss this with them!), make jokes about the subject, or even write songs about the topic. Each of these ways is a chance to engage with the material, which will help you remember and understand it.