Preparing for finals week can be a frustrating and exhausting experience if one is not properly prepared. Most students rely on caffeine rushes and all-nighters to get them through exams, but the benefits of learning how to prepare for finals far outweigh the stresses of staying up all night to cram. Here are five tips for preparing for finals:
Waiting to study until the night before an exam is disastrous. Procrastinating causes unnecessary stress and sets one up for failure. Instead, plan ahead. Look at your exam schedule and begin studying for your first, or hardest, final now.
Find a quiet place to study
Studying for finals takes a great amount of concentration. Find somewhere to study that is conducive for concentrating and learning. Chose a place of study should be quiet, comfortable, and distraction-free.
Study with a partner
Find a classmate or friend to study with you. This can be extremely beneficial if you are both preparing for the same exam. However, remember to stay focused. Studying with someone may be helpful at times, but it can also be dangerous if you both get distracted easily.
Get enough sleep
Pulling an all-nighter is risky business. While most college students think that studying all night will help them learn more for an exam, all-nighters can actually damage grades. Exhausted students can't concentrate on exams, and cramming for a final can actually reduce the amount of information you remember. Well-rested students, on the other hand, are much more relaxed and alert when it comes time to take exams. Make time to sleep- you'll thank yourself later.
Keep everything in perspective
Stressing out over an exam will drive you (and everyone around you) crazy and will only damage your performance on the exam. Instead, try to relax. Take a break when you get frustrated. Talk to a friend. Go for a run. Grab a snack. Study for a different subject. Whatever you do, remember that this test isn't the end of the world. Twenty years from now, you probably won't even remember the reason you stressed out so much (or the grade you received).
Good luck with your preparation!