I’m totally NOT ready to buckle down and study for finals for the next 2 weeks. The good thing is, time has been flying by so hopefully these next 2 weeks will fly by as well. Now it probably won’t because I said something. …Murphey’s Law.
Anyways, I’ve developed a routine when it comes to studying for finals and maybe it could help you out when you’re in college? First, I try to study for every class a little bit each day and spend a little extra time on the subject I struggle with most. I make study sheets, go over past exams, and redo homework problems. Sometimes I’ll even make a study group or something so that I can get help from my friends to make sure I’m understanding everything correctly. The day or two before the exam I spend the whole day studying, taking a couple breaks here and there so that I don’t go crazy. On these days I’ll usually go to bed earlier than I normally would but I’ll watch a movie or something first to help me relax and unwind. The night before I get as much sleep as possible, give myself enough time in the morning so that I’m not running around frantically, and eat a healthy breakfast. I know how cliché that sounds but it’s so true. When I’m hungry I can’t focus on anything else…and I imagine it’s like that for most people! Right before the exam when everyone is trying to cram in every last detail, I tend to tune everyone out. I personally can’t study the day of an exam because I don’t have time to really process the information. Then I take the exam and that’s it. I hate talking about it after because then you end up thinking that you did way worse than you actually did because this friend got this answer and that friend got that answer.
After all that, ultimately you have to decide what works for you. Find out a way in which you study best and you’ll be able to ace all your finals! Now, wish me luck these next two weeks…I’m going to need it!