Last Minute Tips to Ace your Finals
Ladies and gents, finals are upon us. It’s that time of year we go into library lockdown, surviving off of caffeine and thoughts of the holidays. I’ve put together some tips and reminders to help you get through the dreaded week.
1. Know your learning style
Everyone is different! People process information in different ways. Find out what your learning style is and apply it to the way you study.
- Visual learners
- Highlight important terms, replace key words with symbols, take a look at charts and graphs.
- Auditory learners
- If you make flashcards on Quizlet, you can have it read the words out to you. I find that this method helps me when I am studying my Spanish vocab.
- Reading & Writing learners
- Reword ideas, and re-write your notes over and over again.
- Kinesthetic learners
- Apply real life examples to what you are learning (Ex. case studies, experiments, etc).
2. Use acronyms
Acronyms can be extremely helpful for different things, especially when trying to memorize steps to a process.
3. Take a blank page, set a timer, and write down everything you possibly know about a topic
This way, you’ll have an idea of what you know well and what you still need to work on.
4. Take a walk
Move around, get your blood flowin’!
5. Don’t sleep in
Even if you find the time to sleep in during finals week, I wouldn’t suggest it. Sleeping in can make us more groggy throughout the day, which can put a bit of a damper on your studying.
6. Pretend your teaching someone
Okay, this might sound weird… BUT if you’re pretending to teach the material to someone and using your own way to explain a certain topic, this can definitely help the ideas stick into your brain.
7. If you’re re-writing notes, use different colored inks
Studies have shown using different colors to take notes helps us to better recall what we’ve written.
8. Make up a story
Come up with a crazy story using the facts, ideas, or elements that you’ve been studying. If you can remember the story, you can remember the facts you threw into it as well.
Studying with a classmate and talking about the topic can benefit you both. You’ll have a better memory of the facts because of what you might have talked about. Also, they can potentially help you with things you may not understand fully.
10. Pick your caffeine
OKAY. I know everyone says things like “you don’t need caffeine,” “just get your sleep and drink enough water,” “blah blah blah.” Let’s be honest, caffeine is the only way any of us are going to get out of this alive. I’m a coffee girl, but lately I’ve been turning to green tea a little bit more. It has way more benefits, including boosting your metabolism and helping weight loss, which we’ll all probably need with this holiday season coming up.
11. Set aside time for things that might relieve your stress a little
Go to the gym, paint a picture, cuddle with your BFFs, whatever floats your boat.
12. Set timers
I like to study hard for a certain amount of time, and then reward myself with 10 minutes of Pinterest. It makes studying a little bit less depressing.
14. CALL YOUR MOM
Take a break, call your mom, ’nuff said.
Lastly, just push through this next week or so and then you’re FREE. Don’t stress too much, we’re all in this together.