Whether you are in high school, graduate school, or college, the finals week promises to give you some major stress. To help you cope up with all the stress and information overload, we have some cool study tips for the finals week.
Study Tips for Finals: Eight Worthy Actions
For the best results, you should start your prep at the earliest. That will help you avoid a boatload of issues that cause unnecessary exam stress. Apart from that, here are eight pithy tips to help you ace your examinations.
1. Do not sit on doubts
It is never too late to address your doubts. Even it is a week before the finals, you can always ask for your professors and TAs to help. Ask them about material that you might not have grasped fully. Also, make use of their insight on examinations in general.
Before you ask your TA or professor, be sure to have a handy list of all the doubts you have. You want to make sure you present them with all your doubts in the same meeting.
2. Study in groups
Studying in groups may or may not beneficial for you. It depends on the subject and more importantly, your individual frequency match with the group you are studying with. You will have to do this evaluation for each subject and then take a call.
When conducted well, group study sessions can amplify knowledge for all participants in remarkably lesser time. More than anything else, it is especially important that you choose the members of the group carefully.
3. Take regular breaks
The one mistake so many of us tend to make is overburdening ourselves with tiringly long hours of continuous study. It is extremely difficult for the mind to first comprehend and then retain all the information at once. While it is important to extract the maximum from whatever time you have, striking the right balance is the key here.
Breaks and recesses are extremely important to relax and recharge in the middle of weeks filled with over 50 hours of study. Without proper breaks, you run the risk of information overlap and physical fatigue.
4. Rest well
Nothing beats a good night’s sleep. To study full-steam, you will have to keep the mind and body rested. For starters, it is important to get your fill of sleep every day. Sleep aids in learning and facilitates memory consolidation. And the life benefits of sound sleep go well beyond examination performance.
Taking proper rest also calms down your metabolism and helps you soak in more information. Studies also suggest that sleep strengthens the emotional component of memory, thereby spurring creativity!
5. Understand the examination format
Different examination formats require different prep modules. If it is a multiple-choice format, you will have to focus on the concepts and their definitions. For longer, essay-type exams, you will need to prepare subjectively with a knowledge of concepts and examples for them.
Sometimes, you believe you have been following the wrong format all through prep weeks. If that’s the case, do not look to change everything overnight. Try to make minor adjustments that put you within striking distance of the best preparation format.
6. Set small and large goals
At times, the sheer volume of preparation that lies ahead of you could make you lose focus. What you need here is a strategy that will help you sail across. Break down this strategy into small and large goals. For starters, go with two small goals a day and push the number up from there.
It also helps if you set aside little rewards for yourself for each small target achieved. This could be your favorite cookie or anything else that works as motivation.
7. Never miss your study time
The only thing worse than overdoing is not doing at all.
Once you lock your hours of study, do not miss it for the world (unless, of course, you can undo that finger-snap of Thanos). Understand that your study-time reigns atop all other priorities for the week.
One cool way to prioritize (and not miss) study time is to make the most of the first half of the day. You are never as fresh as you are in the morning. And the distractions are minimum, too.
8. Tutor your classmates
Perhaps the best way to further your own knowledge in a subject is to share it with others. You will not just help others, but also invite valuable insight for yourself.
If you are taking your finals shortly, here’s a pro tip: download the Onata app and teach some of your campus peers. With Onata Campus Services, you can teach others among a ton of other interesting things.