Happy April to all… but especially to college students!!! April means ONE MONTH UNTIL SUMMER! I wanted to dedicate this week’s post to preparing for finals, whether that be in college or high school. Finals are the biggest exams, projects, etc. of the school year and often times they are weighted heavily, if not the heaviest of all assignments. It’s no wonder that this is the most stressful time of the year but… it doesn’t have to be!
Here are my
TOP 5 TIPS TO PREPARING FOR FINALS:
1. Make a schedule.
A great way to prepare yourself for your finals or any big assignments is to make a schedule. Read through your syllabi and ask your professors about the specific dates of each final. Mark those dates on your calendar or in your planner so you know exactly how much time you have to prepare for them. Once you’ve done that, make a study schedule – it doesn’t have to be everyday – so that you give yourself ample time to study and you don’t leave studying for the last minute.
2. Talk to your professors/teachers.
Go to their office hours, email them or visit them after class! This is so you can make sure you’re studying the right material, have the right expectations for the final and so they know you’re making a real effort for this exam. Just speaking with them can both make you feel more confident with the material, and show your effort.
3. Don’t spend hours studying in one day.
AKA don’t cram! Not only does this stress you out, it’s also scientifically proven to poorly impact the amount of information you’re able to retain. Leading back to # 1, give yourself plenty of time to familiarize with the material. With that being said, focus on the classes you’re having particular difficulty with, but DON’T forget the “easy classes”.
The days leading up to your finals should be relaxed and allow for you to get in some good meals and full sleeps. Nothing is worse than going into a final exhausted and run down! Having a good breakfast or whatever meal comes before your final can really help you out during the exam. Just make sure you’re taking care of yourself before your finals.
5. Don’t forget to have a good time!
With all of the above in mind, you also can’t forget you’re in college…. April means ONE MONTH UNTIL SUMMER but it also means a few weeks to enjoy your school and friends… 😦 I know I am super sad to be leaving asu and all of the amazing people I met this year. So while you’re making moves to kill those finals, don’t forget to live in the last few experiences of your school year and make it count. No one said you couldn’t balance finals and fun.
With that being said; I wish everyone taking any form of finals, the very best of luck and I hope that you found these tips helpful!