Tips to Carry with You During Finals Week

1. Sit Down & Start Now

The most difficult part of studying is probably actually getting started. These are four simple words that need to be in action, so literally do it as you say them.

2. Make Your Finals Game Plan

You can’t head into a sports game, present a project, or ace an interview without an outline of preparation. Write down all the subjects you have to study for and the according dates for when you are to take that final. Be aware of how many days are till each final so that you may plan your study sessions accordingly. A planner/agenda/calendar will come in handy! Implement whatever studying method works for you, whether it’s studying chunks of each subject per day or starting with the most urgent subject closest to the first day of assessments.  

3. Time Block

This time-management method is the secret to all productivity. I swear by this one. Find free time slots in your day and assign blocks of time to work on a subject. Break up a time slot in 25 to 30-minute increments, or to your choosing, because studying for hours straight is not the most effective way to retain information. This method can prevent mental burnout as well. During these slots of assigned time, set a timer and with full attention, focus, and immersion, work on that one subject/task. Once your timer rings, you can take a quick break and restart the process. Simple but a quite powerful technique.

 

4. Elimination

Quite explanatory and one you’ve heard one too many times, get rid of distractions. All that you should have in front of you are the essentials that will make you successful on your finals. Notes, books, writing utensils, a snack or two, and most likely a laptop if you use one. A helpful tip to eliminating your temptation to touch your phone is by having only your laptop out. You most likely will need it resources and it does help keep you away from instant access to social media as what your phone provides.

5. Find Your Spot

Whether your ideal study spot is at a coffee shop, in your dorm room, library, study building, etc. find the best place with the absence of most distraction. If you get sick of being in the same spot, alternating is great as well.

Now I believe you’re carrying all the necessities to ensure you maximize your study time for finals week. Good Luck, you got this, so let’s get it!