Finals week is easily the most dreaded week on every campus.
most students, it includes late nights, long papers and cramming,
which can really take a toll on your mental and physical health.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
is no law stating that you can only start cramming for tests during
dead week. In fact – if you choose to start preparing now you might
not have to cram at all. Here are some tips on how to ace those
finals without breaking a sweat.
of being in college is learning about yourself: how you learn, how
you study, how you handle stress, etc. Last minute studying for
tests is part of the campus culture, so if you start studying now
you will have to turn off the mind games.
perfectly normal to prepare for a big event way in advance. You
wouldn’t go to prom without buying a dress/tuxedo ahead of time;
you wouldn’t head off to college without having everything you
need, so you certainly shouldn’t take a final exam without a lot of
Gather all your materials. Study sessions are much more effective
when you don’t have to get up every five minutes for something you
need. Even if you don’t plan to crack open a certain textbook and
only use your notes, grab the book just in case you change your
your finals schedule nearby so you know which order to study in.
Before you start studying, you need to know which type of final to
study for. Are they cumulative? Will they be papers or tests? Ask
your professors in advance and it will help focus your
back and review past material. Let’s be honest, the stuff you
learned early in the semester is probably long forgotten, or at
least getting pretty fuzzy. Whether the exam is cumulative or not,
there’s a reason you learned the material early in the
Usually, everything you learn later in the semester is somehow
based off of concepts and historical events that you learned about
previously. It will be easier to make sense of the new material if
you understand the old stuff.
Schedule, schedule and schedule. Brainstorm how long it might take
you to get through notes and chapters for each class. To avoid last
minute cramming, create a study schedule by setting aside a couple
extra hours each night.
you want to reread five chapters before the test, distribute that
time accordingly. Part of this schedule should be making a plan of
what you want to accomplish every night or every week. Make it a
priority to at least review material for each class within a three
you originally planned to study at a certain time, train yourself
to follow through with it.
groups. Did you miss a class sometime last month? Chances are, you
know someone in that class who will gladly lend you their
together and review what both of you wrote down from each class
period. Studying together helps you when you physically talk
through the class material.
most effective way to relearn and study is by not only seeing the
material in your notes, but also rewriting them and saying them out
it up. Studying before dead week is definitely out of the norm, and
you deserve to be rewarded from time to time. Set aside some extra
money for coffee runs and snacks. You’ll be spending a lot more
time studying until finals week is over, so make your environment
as comfortable as possible.
things consistent. One of the most important things to remember
when you’re studying, is that you should study how to you will take
won’t be able to listen to music while you take an exam, so it
won’t be beneficial to listen to it when you’re preparing. If you
chew gum, pop in a piece during your nightly study time. Just
remember to grab a piece when heading to your final exam. The
consistency will help jog your memory and put you in the right
state of mind.
over study. When dead week and finals week finally roll around,
you’re most likely pretty ready for the exams. This week it’s
important to change up your study habits.
now you know the material so a quick review every couple of nights,
and then the day before the test will suffice.
those finals. A good test-taker not only keeps their mind at its
peak but keeps their body in top shape, too. The last two weeks of
the semester will be hectic, and you don’t need any more stress
sure to get plenty of rest and fill your body with healthy foods
Congratulations, by sticking to these tips and preparing in
advance, you are on your way to a stress-free and effective finals
week where you’ll surely do great on your exams. Have confidence,
take deep breaths and remember that it’s never too early to study
for a test.