By Alexandra Scates and Sophia Elfrink
With the end of the semester quickly approaching, you may be wondering when the right time to begin preparing for finals is. While there is no exact answer to this question, we suggest that you use Memorial Day weekend as a time to reorganize yourself and develop a general study plan. Below are several tips and tricks to get yourself organized.
- Ask your teachers what your final for the course will be. The best way to prepare for a final is to know the type of exam you will be taking as well as the material that will be covered on it.
- Go through any notes that you have taken from each class, and highlight information that will be relevant, as well as information that you struggle with or have trouble remembering. Focus on areas of each class where you are not as strong, and clear up any lingering confusion before your exam day.
- Rewrite your notes, and try to use memorization. It can help to color code notes to mark off sections and make studying more fun.
- Use visual methods such as mind maps, images, and diagrams to visualize how the concepts you’re learning relate to one another.
- If you are studying for a language final, make a Quizlet to help yourself learn and memorize the words. If you are practicing formulas for a math test, practice using them or do practice problems. Creating practice quizzes are an effective method to study.
- Create a study group with other peers in your classes. Help quiz each other using methods like flash cards, etc… This can be done outside of class or during Community Study Hall which occurs on Thursday, June 6th from 6-9 pm. It is important to remember that your peers can be used as helpful resources.
- If you have any specific questions regarding your specific finals or topics covered during the year, email your teacher and set up a meeting to get all of your questions clarified. Throughout the next few weeks, strive to be productive. Use your free block and office hours to the best of your ability.
- Ask your teachers for your grade before going into finals. You should understand where you are and set personal goals.
- Establish a study spot at your home. Keep it organized and separated from anything that might be a distraction. If your home is too noisy to focus, try visiting a local library.
- Avoid electronics and the use of social media which could take away from your study time.
- Don’t stress too much!! This may seem impossible however, it’s important to prioritize your work and not to let stress get the best of you. If you feel yourself getting too stressed, take a break; go on a walk, listen to music, exercise, play with your pet, etc…
- Stay well rested, and eat healthily. Try to exercise and stay active so that you can balance your mind.
- Avoid all-nighters and procrastination. At some point what you know is what you know and you should prioritize rest instead of cramming.
- Keep optimistic!! Remember that after finals you are done with school for the year and are on summer break!:)