For many, the week before finals is one of little sleep and high levels of stress. Let’s not kid ourselves, studying is no fun and staying motivated can be difficult, but there are some simple tricks to help make finals week a successful one.
1) Schedule the week around studying. One of the worst study habits is to decide to cram in several hours of studying the night before an exam. Divide the workload into smaller sections and study over the course of several days or even a week or two.
2) Make time and avoid distractions. This one goes hand-in-hand with scheduling. Unplug the TV, turn off the cell phone, and whatever you do, stay away from Facebook!
3) Sleep. Living with little sleep is just a fact of life when it comes to finals week, but there are a lot of studies on the correlation between sleep and performance. Lack of sleep diminishes your ability to retain and recall information, which undermines your studying efforts. Make sure you get plenty of Z’s if you want to get those A’s.
4) Study for the test you are taking. This may seem like common sense, but you don’t need to memorize everything. Every test is different and your professor will usually provide a study guide that not only tells you what will be on the test, but how it will be structured as well. You study differently for a multiple choice test than you do for an essay test. Sticking to the study guide is a great way to make sure you aren’t overworking yourself.
5) Caffeine. Coffee and tea can provide an extra boost of energy and focus, and waiting in line can prove to be a nice little break as well. Starbucks, Tully’s, and the TSU are all convenient places to grab a quick cup on campus.
These are just a few things that have helped me through my college career. If you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comments below. Best of luck and happy holidays!