Can you believe that exams/finals are just around the corner!? This year has gone by so quickly, it’s crazy. Seriously. But, to make sure 2019 ends on a good, positive note, I am going to give you all my best study tips so that we can all pass our finals! With that being said, here are my best exam study tips —
study tip number one: find out when your finals even are
Yup. Doing this will allow you to not only mark down these important dates on your calendar, but it will help you time manage and schedule way better, too. This way you have no excuses for last-minute studying and/or cramming. Also, you have time to rearrange your schedule to fit your study needs! In other words, do not cram and do not procrastinate. Want some help staying on top of your studies? No worries, I gotchu —
study tip number two: find a study spot
Finding 1-2 study spots that are quiet, chaos-free, and spacious will allow you to maintain focus without getting distracted. Because I don’t know about you, but I can not study or concentrate with any background noises going on, whatsoever. No music, no talking, no phone, no friends, and no people passing by. Any of that and I will instantly lose focus. So, to avoid that, I highly suggest finding a totally quiet space and making that space your official go-to study spot.
Here are some suggestions:
- your basement
- your bedroom or study room
- your library; reserve out a quiet room
- a quiet courtyard/garden
study tip number three: (possibly) join study groups
This step alone is not ideal. However, studying on your own AND then also studying with a group is great! Sometimes it helps to have the knowledge and company of other classmates who understand and know the same materials as you. That said, I recommend forming your own study group to achieve this. To do so, you’ll want to connect with a few other people in your class and exchange numbers (or emails) and schedule regular group meetups. Do this in a private and quiet setting (renting a quiet room in the library would be perfect).
study tip number four: figure out what you already know well
Figuring out what you already have a solid understanding of is super important. Why? Well, doing this will allow you to focus on the other topics you do not know as well. Plus, crossing off the things you know is a reassuring feeling and will help motivate you to do your best. Because who doesn’t like crossing things off of a list and/or study guide? I know I sure as heck do.
study tip number five: create a study schedule
Remember when I told you all to not cram and to not procrastinate? Yeah, I was serious. Super serious, in fact, So, to avoid last-minute studying, I HIGHLY recommend creating a study schedule ad soon as you know when your exam dates are. Once I know when a test date is, I make sure to 1. mark it on my calendar and 2. start reading over materials that night (and as I get closer to the study date, I study more). I also make sure to have a few study group dates scheduled in. Do what works best for you, but make sure that you are leaving time to study for ALL of your classes.
Make sure to take breaks and to study for 30-1 hour per subject.
study tip number six: study the materials in different ways
Yas, boo! Switching things up from time-to-time is never a bad thing. In fact, when it comes to studying (which is what this post is obviously about lol), having a variety of study ways is super nice, so that you don’t get bored, burned out, or antsy. So, here are a handful of different things you should consider doing when you prepare/study for exams:
And there you have it — six awesome exam study tips!
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Thanks for reading and love to you all. And happy studying, too!!