College finals week can throw even the most seasoned of college students for a loop.
No matter how many times you’ve been through it, finals week is still a major pain in the brain. What is supposed to be the last lap of the semester often turns into a sleep deprived, caffeine fueled, stress inducing cram fest.
Knowing how to properly prepare for finals is the key to avoiding stress and passing all of your exams. Ensure that you are prepared for your exams with these study tips that can help any student conquer their finals.
Most college students love the word procrastination. You will not be able to memorize all of the material at once. Balance is a key factor in studying for finals. You have to reward your brain with breaks and relaxation after learning.
Splitting the material into chunks can be very beneficial for some instead of looking at the big picture, which can get overwhelming. Junior Brenae Tate gives her opinion on what the most important study tip for finals is.
“I would suggest studying in intervals. Meaning study for 20-50 minutes and then give yourself a 5-10 minute break. That seems to be more beneficial than cramming everything in at the last minute,” Tate said.
Everybody knows that you should eat breakfast, especially the day of a big exam. Research suggests that foods that are high in carbs and fiber and foods that are slow digesting foods are the best to eat. Eating a healthy snack is very beneficial and can make a significant difference as well.
Kara Brown, sophomore, explains one of her strategies for studying and getting prepared for finals.
“Science says that about 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Anything from dancing, jogging or even walking will increase your energy level and lessen the chances of you getting stressed,” Brown said.
According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. Spending all night in the library can be draining. The brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room or any other quiet place.
Time management is the biggest study tip in junior Marissa Warrens’ case. Cramming can cause anxiety, which can lower a student’s ability to retain information. If a student creates a balanced study plan or schedule, they will be able to study each subject for the time needed and increase their test performances.
“I think students need to prioritize their study time. Some exams will be more difficult than others. Some of you may find it easier to study. Some may be worth more of your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams to consider and determine all of the involved factors so you can study accordingly,” Warren said.
Utilize resources that are available to you. You don’t have to be failing or on academic probation to utilize campus resources. Take your final paper to the CAS to have someone look it over before you submit it.
Check with your department to see if there are study groups forming that you can join. Utilize any free peer mentoring or tutoring that is being offered on campus. Make an appointment with your professors during office hours to have them go over the material you’re studying, so that you can do well on your finals.
While it’s quite a challenge to turn college finals week into something good, with a little planning it can at least be turned into something manageable.