By Viraj Shankar
It doesn’t feel like summer outside, but believe it or not, it’s almost here! Alas, before we can all enjoy some well deserved rest, we must suffer through finals (except seniors, who just leave and go on a rafting trip!). Here are some of the best ways to ensure that you are successful in passing your finals!
- Create your OWN study guide. Teachers can sometimes provide a study guide, but creating your own can often help you learn the content much better
- Start early! We still have nearly a full week before finals start, and next week is review week. Don’t wait till the last minute to cram in all your studying, do it over an extended period of time. This way, you won’t have to rush to review all of the content, and the information will be processed better in your brain.
- Ask questions. Your teacher is an extremely valuable resource when it comes to preparing for finals. Go through all the topics which you have studied, and when you come across questions that you are confused on, ask your teacher. There are tons of opportunities, including in class, during activity, office hours, or after school, to meet with your teacher and clarify concepts.
- Take breaks. Studying for one, long period of time does not help you learn or memorize material. Short but focused study sessions will help you digest more information,
- Quiz yourself. Write down, and then answer possible questions that you know could be on the test. Practice makes perfect, and the more you practice answering questions, the more prepared you will be.
- Reorganize notes. Sometimes, our notes can get very messy as we go throughout the year. Reorganizing and labeling notes can help you understand what’s important, making concepts easier to understand.
- Create a study schedule, and follow that schedule. Organize when your going to study for which assessment, and allot time blocks for each one. This helps you focus on individual assessments, and helps you from worrying about the big picture too much.
- Finally, sleep! Getting rest is VITAL to your success in a final. A rested brain is a healthy brain! In fact, studies have found correlations between students’ poor sleep and bad grades! So get lots of rest every night, and again, don’t cram.
Good luck everyone!