Final exams are approaching and many students are wrapping up the semester with projects, tests and papers. This can be a very stressful time for students and it’s important to know ahead of time how to prepare for this workload and how to best manage your time. Below are 5 great tips for all students to implement in order to ace their final exams.
1. Create a Study Schedule
If final exams are approaching, then the best thing to do within one month of your exams is to create a regular study schedule for yourself so that you’re not procrastinating right before exams. You are still going to have to get your normal school work done so when you’re creating your study schedule this doesn’t mean that you have to study every single night for hours on end. Pick about 3-4 days a week and take anywhere from 15-45 minutes to review all previous material that was taught to you during the semester. If you do this consistently for one month before your final exams, then you’ll be good to go!
2. Don’t Cram!
In order for you to properly learn something, you need to commit to studying and reviewing it over a period of time. Cramming does the opposite. You force yourself to memorize something in a very short amount of time which causes more stress than is necessary. When dealing with more complex subjects such as Mathematics and the Sciences you might get by with memorizing some complicated formulas, but do you really understand when and how to use those? Overall, cramming causes students more frustration and can easily be fixed by implementing tip #1 above.
3. Find a Study Group to Work With
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all of the material that you have to know, a study group can be really helpful. Find 2-5 people that are in the same classes as you and plan to meet a couple of times to study together. You can make flashcards and quiz each other, you can create reviews together that contain questions that you think will be on the final, and you can help explain concepts to each other. Students learn the most when they teach material to someone else. You won’t be disappointed!
4. Make Sure to Get Sleep
It’s very easy around final exams to lose sleep because end of the semester tests and projects are due and you also have to find time to study for your final exams. It’s important to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to maintain focus, keep your energy levels up and improve your overall academic performance. If you don’t get at least 7 hours of sleep, then your performance will decline, you won’t be able to focus and therefore you won’t do as well on your final exams. Sleep is good!
5. Get Help if You Need It
Don’t wait until the day before your final exam to stop by your teacher’s office to ask for help. You should know weeks in advance if you are really struggling with the material in class and that’s the time that you should regularly be going in for assistance. Teachers often have office hours either before or after school and usually schools have some type of homework help, Math Lab, or tutoring center for students to stop by. If you are really struggling, then there’s always the option of working with a tutor. Private tutors are great because they can cater each lesson based on the student’s needs and really focus on improving the student’s weak areas. iAchieve Learning specializes in one-on-one tutoring and our tutors will come to you! Take advantage of all of the great resources that are available to you to help you improve.
Written by Sarah Kochan
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