Well guys, the time has come. Finals week is upon us. As a junior, I feel a lot less stressed about taking on my finals, but at times it can still be difficult. I am going to share with you some tips I use to help me stay on top and keep me from drowning in this sea of chaos.
Tip #1: Create a Schedule
One of the most important things when it comes to finals, is actually knowing when your finals are! Make sure you know what day and time they are and what classroom you are supposed to meet in.
Tip #2: Prioritize
After this, you can start to make a study schedule. The more detailed this is, the better. Focus on the finals you have first, even if you are more worried about one at the end of the week. Don’t get ahead of yourself, because that can keep you from doing your best.
Tip #3: Study, Study, Study!
Create a place where you won’t have any distractions – like a study room in your dorm, an empty classroom or your common room. Even though the library seems like the ideal place to hunker down and tackle your work, I avoid the library at all costs during big exam periods.
I say this because everyone has the same mindset of locking himself or herself in the library. This means it will be crowded and a lot noisier than you would want to deal with. If you are lucky enough to procure a study room in the library, then go for it – but be mindful of how much work you will be able to get done.
Tip #4: Separate or Group?
I prefer to study alone for exams, but I don’t mind being around other people who are studying for a different test. It’s a good idea to know how you work best, so you aren’t hindering yourself.
Tip #5: Take A Break!
Yes, studying is very important but so is taking a break! Whether it is reading a favorite book, taking a nap or watching your guilty pleasure on TV, it is completely acceptable to let yourself recharge during one of the busiest times of the semester. This is especially important in between exams, too.
Tip #6: Let It Go
No, I am not referring to the hit “Frozen” song, no matter how catchy it is. When I say, “Let it Go,” I am referring to your mindset. Putting forth your best effort is essential to succeeding at anything in life, but getting hung up on every little thing isn’t good. Some pressure is helpful – you may be required to focus more and actually get work done, but too much pressure is not healthy. After you take your exam, don’t worry about what you may or may not have gotten right, but rather be confident in your work and prepare yourself for your next task.
I hope these tips were helpful! Don’t stress too much over exams and have an amazing (and safe) winter break!