With finals week approaching I’m sure almost all college students are about to be stressed out. But if you plan ahead, that last week of finals might not be too bad. If you take the following steps, your final exams will be a walk in the park! These steps include: Organizing, Focusing, and Performing.
Lets get started with the first step: Organizing. When it comes to studying in college organization is crucial! The better organized you are, the easier it is to study. When taking notes in class, make sure you can read your handwriting because there is no point in writing something down that you cannot read later on. Have a separate notebook for every class, this will make things much easier when you are search for your notes. Before beginning to take notes, always write down the date so you can look back to see at what point in the semester you covered that topic. When in class, I know it hard to write down everything the professor says. So in this case try to write down as much information as possible, unless the professor gets off topic of course. And finally, after you have all the notes/information for the test, do not wait till the last day to study! This is crucial! It is shown that you retain more information by studying small chunks of the material throughout a long span, rather than cramming on the day before.
The second tip includes Focusing. In my opinion, this is the hardest part. For some people, when it comes down to studying, staying focus is difficult. You can help prevent distractions by doing many things. The best way to prevent distractions is to turn off your cell phone! This is by far the largest distraction because you have access to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram all at your fingertips. Another way to reduce distractions is to find a productive place to study at. Studying with your friends usually does not work, so instead to isolating yourself in an empty room or in the library. The goal for isolating yourself is to eliminate anything that will distract you from your studying.
The third tip is all about Performing on exam day. First things first, always get a good night sleep the night before the test. Lack of REM sleep makes us have impaired cognitive function. Next, always eat a decent meal before you take the exam. This way your stomach will not distract you while your taking the exam. And last but not least, dress for success! Going into an exam well dressed gives you confidence while taking the exam.
With all of those tips, I hope you use them to help benefit you during what is easily the most stressful time of the year for college students. GOOD LUCK!