Finals time is right around the corner. Now is the time to start preparing. Do not wait until the last minute to get ready. Instead read our following list of the 6 ways to prepare for finals.
1. Plan Ahead
Many students make the mistake of studying the night before the test. This is a mistake for a couple of reasons. First off, the likelihood of retaining the information is significantly lowered. If however, you study over time, you will find that remembering the information will be much easier. Secondly, it is going to add undue stress to your studying and ultimately will affect you when it is time to take the test. Planning to study ahead of time will give you the confidence you need to conquer your finals.
2. Create a Study Schedule
This goes hand in hand with planning ahead. When you are prepping ahead of time, you will have the opportunity to write up a study schedule. Spend more time on the subjects that are more difficult with you. Also, consider switching subjects every hour or two. This can prevent the tiring out we often experience when we spend too much time on one subject.
3. Form Study Groups
There is a great advantage to studying in groups. This allows you to have assistance when you come across an area of the subject you struggle with or are unfamiliar with. Furthermore, you are given the opportunity to be taught and to teach – both of which are conducive to your learning the material. So get together with a couple of friends from class to prepare for finals.
4. Take Breaks
You would be surprised how much taking a break – even just for 15 or 20 minutes – can increase your focus. If possible, take a break every hour or so. Eat healthy snack, grab some fresh air, or get some exercise. This will help you come back refreshed and ready to keep studying. Don’t watch TV, play video games, or go on social media. These activities do very little to give your brain a rest – which is the goal of taking breaks.
5. Sleep Well
This may seem simple and obvious. However, some students adhere to staying up all night the night before the final thinking that this will help them score higher. There is not much evidence to back this up. In fact, to function well your brain needs rest. By studying ahead of time, you will be able to get to bed early the night before the finals and come to the test well-rested. This will also decrease your chance of getting sick which can often happen to students during finals time as a result of high stress and little sleep.
6. Find a Study Partner or a Tutor
Find a friend (one that will focus and take studying seriously), grab your books, and head to the closest Starbucks for some study time. If you find it difficult to focus when studying with a friend, consider getting a tutor to help you prepare for finals. I hear Oxford Tutoring can help out with this.
Following the above steps will go a long way for improving your scores. So start getting ready now and try the above 6 ways to prepare for finals. Call us today for a tutor who can help you get ready for finals. (949) 681.-0388.