Finals season can be the most stressful time of the year. From completing final presentations to final exams, everybody is stretched to their limits. Here are the do’s and don’ts on how to prepare for your finals.
1. Take breaks between study sessions
Sometimes it’s best to give your mind a quick rest while you’re studying. Studying for too long can actually hurt you more than it can help you. I would recommend doing The Pomodoro Technique. This technique is a technique that I personally use and would definitely recommend to help you study.
2. Make sure you rest the day before
Rest is very important because you need the energy and the mind power to be able to retain the information you are reviewing. When you are tired you can’t focus and you won’t be able to perform at your best abilities.
3. Start reviewing early
Don’t start reviewing a day before the final, start at least 3 days before. This will give you enough time to email professors with questions and will give you the time to be able to fully understand what you are reviewing.
1. Stay up all night
I wouldn’t recommend all-nighters. If it’s for a project that you need to finish then that’s fine but for a test this is not the way to go. It’s very important to get rest before your test. You need as much energy and brain power as possible to be successful.
2. Don’t wait till the last minute
Don’t allow procrastination to win. Waiting till the night before to study is a big gamble. Yes there are some students who have been successful with this method but I wouldn’t recommend this. Give yourself time to really understand the information.
3. Don’t have distractions around
TURN YOUR PHONE OFF! Your phone can be a #1 distraction when trying to focus. Between Text messages and Social media notifications you will end up scrolling for hours and not completing anything. Leave your phone in another room or at least put it on mute.
I hope these tips help you prepare successfully for your finals. Remember to be confident and you got this. Don’t stress yourself too much.