10 Steps to Help You Prepare for Final Exams
Final exam week can be the most stressful time for a student. Ensure that you are prepared for your exams with these useful study tips. These tips will not only boost your confidence multi-fold, you can release stress, feel empowered and excel with flying colors.
Remember: It all seems impossible until done! So go ahead, read on and get started!
- Organize Study Material -
If you have been a regular class student, keeping up with revisions, have been taking notes seriously, studying can be a relatively pain-free process for you already. Make sure to organize your notes regularly throughout the semester. Staying organized and keeping all of your notes and study materials in the same spot will help you stay on top of your work.
Develop a schedule and Stick to it -
Figure out what time of day or night you are most focused. Everyone's different, so develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or if you're more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle down come evening. Think about what works for you, and stick to it.
Perfect Study surrounding that works -
For some people, this may mean almost complete silence; for others, light background music helps. Some of us need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Perfect study surrounding also plays a critical role. Not everyone can stay focused in Library although it sounds like a perfect choice. For best results, change your place couple of times to find what environment works for you.
Divide and Conquer Strategy for study material -
Now is the time to make sure you have all of your notes and assignments from class; go through and organize them by day to make sure you aren't missing any. Evaluate and reorganize your notes into what are important, outlining important concepts, formulas dates and definitions so they’re easy to understand. The sooner you realize that you are missing something, the greater are chances of arranging them.
Create or Join a Study Group-
A group study session is an ideal time to review and compare notes, ask each other questions, explain ideas to one another, discuss the upcoming exam. The best study partner is often someone you don't know very well, and wouldn't necessarily choose to hang out with outside of class. Make sure you stick to agenda while studying in group, a little chain of thought might lead to night long distracted discussion.
Take regular Study breaks -
This one is easy and still people forget it under pressure. You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and refresh your brain. Human brain’s efficiency is supposed to be affected by fatigue, so better not to challenge it.
Test Yourself -
Remember Study Group ? Well you can test yourself with your buddy and return the favor by helping them. Also find some old practice papers, mock test or yesteryear exam papers. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section. Explain your answers to others.
Minimize Social media activities -
>Nowadays, this is number one issue that students face. Do not get distracted by social media while studying. Set aside time to study in advance and then follow through. You got to minimize social media activities for some time. Remember, post exams, you will have plenty of time to catchup.
Eat healthy and Stay Hydrated -
Keep your body and brain refreshed by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to improve concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt. Sugar may give you instant boost, but it won't help when your energy levels crash an hour or so later. Your brain needs hydration to function effectively and to deliver its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.
Sleep well! Avoid the All Night Out -
Sleeping hours are often the time when we completely synthesize information, especially topics we’ve covered in the couple of hours before bedtime. You should be as fresh as possible and able to fully engage your memory when you take the exam. Get a good night’s sleep and expect to perform better on tests.
Bonus Tip: Review the toughest material right before going to bed the night before the test. It makes it easier to recall the material later.)
Good Luck !!