I have spent quite a decent amount of time in college. I don’t even know how many finals I have taken in my life. It has been that long. I know that at the beginning of every semester I am so into my course schedule. I am buying binders, planners, and every post it note I can find. Flash forward to the end of the semester. You’re stressing right? I know I am! Here are my 10 tips on how to start preparing for finals week before the first day of classes even begin.
- Seriously….get a planner, or at least a way to have something able to remind y0u about different things. Not only does this help you remember what is coming up, it is a great way to be able to go back and see all that you have done. Talk about a self esteem boost!
- You probably should read the chapters. I know it seems like a waste of time. I know that reading 80+ pages about real estate finance is not what you want to do after a long day at work/school, but that’s how you learn. I can listen to something a million times, but I am AWFUL at listening. If I read something, I am more likely to remember it. Just break it up over a few days, and that makes it so much easier.
- Keep your attendance in mind. I am not saying don’t go to class, but I am also not saying that you cannot have a day off. It is very uncomfortable to only show up to classes when there are tests, plus, what happens if the dates get changed? Yeah, get scared.
- Makes friends! This goes back to the attendance thing in a weird way. You are more likely to go to class if you have someone to talk to. It also has been proven to actually improve grades. Plus, study groups are actually fun.
- Majority of my professors have given me study guides for regular exams within the semester. DO NOT GET RID OF THOSE. I cannot tell you how much of a help they have been when I am preparing for finals. Most teachers actually use some of their previous exam questions on the final too.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your professor. If you know you are going to miss a class, then email them. That shows you have respect for them, but sometimes life happens.I also love asking questions through emails. I get better answers, and usually some ticks and trips to help me out too!
- It took me a long time to learn this, but don’t cram information. It is insanely easy to just study slowly. You are also way more likely to actually remember the content rather than just be thinking about how unprepared you are.
- Get used to saying no. If you have an exam, project, or you are just tired, then stay home. Your brain and body work so much better with rest, and you probably do not need that one drink.Usually your gut will tell you what you should be doing. Learn to listen to it.
- Dedicate at least one weekend day to your coursework. I guess just any day really. I know that some people have so much going on that they would be thankful for one day, so just take what you can. I am able to get homework or studying in, but also at my own pace. I get to relax, but also be productive.
- In addition to powerpoints and lecture, I love to short hand notes. Just cover the big areas of what we are learning. I can go back and find tricks to learn those for my upcoming exams. I usually try and do just the front of a page for one chapter. It really helps you identify the most important sections. This is also a great practice to use with study guides!
Hopefully my little tips have helped you. The end of a semester can be pretty stressful, and even though we are not there yet, it is always in the back of my mind. Get to learning!