Each semester goes quicker than the last and that simple fact terrifies me. I’ve spent most of this semester interning and figuring out what I’ll be doing post grad, so that must have helped speed up things as well. Before we know it finals will be upon us leaving a ton of students in a hurry to pick up those GPA’s a smidge before the term ends. This isn’t an impossible task, per se, but it does take some planning before hand.
Study Breaks Are Your Friend
It’s actually proven that studying for long periods of time isn’t as effective unless if you don’t break it up somehow. It doesn’t matter how you do it (ie. taking a walk, checking your phone, eating a snack) but it’s essential to keep yourself from getting burnt out! If you want more ideas on this let me know and I’d be happy to give you some other ideas that help me!
Flashcards are BIG in my study routine! Not only does it guarantee I’m rewriting my notes and important themes more than once, but they’re a way to quiz myself and what I need to focus more time on. If you don’t want to write out your cards, there’s always the option of typing or copy and pasting your notes into websites like Quizlet or StudyBlue.
Talk To Your Teachers
More often than not, your teacher will be very happy you came to them with your questions! Your instructors are there to prepare you for tests and sometimes forget themselves to be a bit more specific with certain topics. By going in for tutoring or office hours, they can get into deeper detail than they did when in lecture and will sometimes give you a hint as to what you should study more of. Not only will you get your questions answered, but you’ll also form relationships. I used to (and am most times) so timid when it comes to asking others for help, but this is literally your professor or TA’s job!
Figure Out What Type Of Learner You Are
One very important key to studying is figuring out what kind of learner you are. For me, I need absolute silence and solitude. As much as I’d love to be able to join study groups I personally can not keep focused long enough to be productive! I get distracted by anything and everyone around me and I’d rather talk with friends than do my own work.
Working in groups is still a great resource and solo learners can definitely still benefit if they’d please! If you go over material and notes before meeting up with others (which you should do anyways) you will not only get you ahead of the game in studying but also better prepare yourself to answer questions anyone else might have and leave you as an asset to your group!
I’m the type of person who needs to not be in my bedroom or sometimes even my apartment to study. I will come up with any excuse to get up and do literally anything but what I need to do. I usually end up going to the library, but if that’s not an option, my dining room table with everything off (minus music) is doable.
Of course “do not disturb” is a great option for iPhone users, but sometimes you need something a little more permanent. There are several apps nowadays that allow you to lock yourself out of specific websites and apps (ie. social media) for a certain time that you set. This is definitely a good resource if you’re easily distracted and NEED to be productive.
What are your tips and tricks for studying for finals???
For some reason this post would NOT keep the original formatting once published, but I think I finally got it! Hope y’all have a great week!