Don’t you worry, hang on in there! For many of you the end of the semester is quickly approaching and if you haven’t already been begging your professor for some sort of curve than you’re definitely stressing and worried about finals. I took this semester off as I didn’t have anymore classes to take because I was studying for my Praxis Exam (which I passed, yippyyyy yay) Read all about my struggle and success here and here. Although, I did have a lot of practice studying and therefore today I want to share some of my tips with you.
Plan It Out:
Okay, so you probably only have a few more weeks to practice, to study and to complete those final papers but the best thing you can do is plan it out! If you have a planner, write out the days that papers are due and also write out when you have specific exams. Next, write out the times you are free to study for an individual exam. Don’t just fill in the days where you can study, also put in how many long you plan to study and exactly what it is you plan on studying. For example if you have a psychology class you need to study for, that’s quite a broad subject so perhaps break it down into sections and write in your planner what section you plan to study each day. Don’t have a planner? No need to go out and buy one if planners aren’t your thing, you can always print out a calendar online and fill it out then tape it to a wall or have it in your study area to check each day.
Have some snacks while studying to keep you motivated to keep on going. Some people find that sugar candy will keep that studying longer but that can result in a quick crash. For me, a coffee or tea with some apple and peanut butter is a good motivator to keep me powering through my study. I also love to have some pieces of chocolate.
Some people have this idea in their head that sitting in one place for about 6 hours straight is the best way to study…uhm wrong! Your brain needs a break and if you try to sit there in one place and study everything you will just fry your brain and end up learning or memorizing nothing at all. Study for 45-60 minutes and then take 10 minute break where you do something fun like watch YouTube videos or play some games. If you really need a break, go step out and get some fresh air, this will be good for the mind and body because it can clear your head and give you a fresh burst of energy to keep going.
Color coding is great for memorizing specific information and grouping specific things together. Color coding can help with memory and trigger certain information while you’re taking an exam. If color coding isn’t your thing because it is quite time consuming, try typing out or rewriting notes. Typing notes will make things easier to read and you can always add more information in the margins of your notes if you need to. Rewriting notes is great because it serves as muscle memory which will definitely help you during your test.
Pulling all nighters is not helpful what so ever. For some strange reason many college students believe that staying up all night studying and high on RedBull can help them with an exam…no; all that leaves you is ridiculously exhausted for your exam and your brain cannot function to the highest potential. Make sure to sleep before an exam and get as much rest as possible. Take deep breathes before a test and give yourself a enough time to study long before the exam is actually taking place.
Put The CellPhone Away:
You’re studying…you don’t need the extra distraction of having your phone buzzing with the latest tweets and Instagram stories. Keep your phone away and only take it our during your breaks.
I hope some of these tips have helped you, of course there are many different tips and advice someone can give you and therefore I open my comment section for people to share what helps them to study.