Academics

6 Finals Tips and Tricks to Help You Ace Your Exams

Finals are coming up sooner than you may think.  This is our last week of classes and finals are beginning in a week.  Now, here are some tips and tricks to help you ace your exams this semester:

 

1. PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY

When studying it is extremely important to eliminate distractions, which makes it hard to part from our phones.  It is a good idea to give yourself time limits when studying and try your best to stick to them.  It is important to for you to put your phone away and study for thirty minutes straight without any distractions in order to have the material sink in.  After the thirty minutes are up, give yourself a ten minute break to do whatever you want to give your mind a proper rest.  However, once these ten minutes are up, it is important to go back to uninterrupted studying immediately right after your break.

 

2. Make your Study Guides ASAP

Even though you have a week, it is better to make your study guides sooner rather than later so you are not going to go mad once finals start.  The sooner you make your study guides, the sooner you can start studying material that is on your final exams.  You do not want to be cramming for your finals two days before, so make sure you begin studying as soon as possible in order to actually obtain the information you are obtaining.

 

3. Make a Schedule

To stay organized while studying, make a study schedule.  The best way to do this is through writing it down.  Write down all of the days that your finals are on and then make a study schedule based off of that through dedicating certain times each day to studying for specific classes.  By doing this, you will be studying for each exam instead of studying more for one than the others.

 

4. Go to Office Hours

If you are struggling or simply just need a bit of a refresher with some material that you learned back in September, go to office hours and ask for some clarification.  Your professors want you to succeed so they will be more than willing to help you if you are confused.  Even if you just have questions about the format of the final or what to expect, go and see your professors because they may be able to help you come up with ways to study that are beneficial for their final in particular.

 

5. Take Care of Yourself

Finals are an extremely stressful part of the semester.  Therefore, taking care of yourself and doing well on your final exams are equally important.  Make sure that you are sleeping, eating, and taking study breaks.  You do NOT want to burn yourself out more than you already are because it will eventually catch up with you in a negative way.  If you spent all morning studying, take that quick nap or go to the gym.  It is good to take small breaks and distract ourselves with things other than studying, but this is to be done when it is an appropriate time to do so.

 

6. Study Alone First

It can be extremely beneficial to review things in groups before exams.  However, it is important to make sure that we know the information ourselves first.  If you jump into a group study session without knowing the information, you are screwing yourself over big time.  Remember to take a few days to learn the material yourself, and when you are confident get together with friends from class and quiz each other or just simply talk the material out to review it.

I wish you all the best of luck with your finals exams.  Study hard to finish out this semester strong!  I hope you all have a wonderful winter break!

– Bridget

 

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Bridget Colburn

Bridget Colburn

Hey there! My name is Bridget '20 and I am from Walpole, MA. I am a Diagnostic Medical Sonography major and I am a writer for Regis Life.