Finals week is looming, and there’s still a ton of studying to do. In fact, we know a fair number of you haven’t even considered finals yet. Don’t worry; we’re here to help. Whether you’re just starting now, or have been hitting the books for weeks, these tips are for you.
Find a study group
Joining a study group is a great way to catch up on material before the test. Everyone has a different perspective and strengths, so you’ll get a good overview of the material. Be sure to study on your own, too. If you have nothing to add to the group, they may not invite you back.
Choose the right study snacks
What you eat while studying has a big impact on your productivity. Steer away from junk food, as it can make you feel more tired and less focused. Instead, check out these healthy study snacks. Dark chocolate anyone?
Take practice tests
Don’t sit on your bed or curl up in a comfy armchair while studying. It may seem annoying, but try studying at a desk. If you can imitate realistic test-taking conditions, you’re more likely to stay focused during your exam.
Add in scheduled breaks
Taking a study break is key to retaining information. Give yourself time to relax and refocus before getting back to your books. Remember to stick to your schedule, though. Turning a 15-minute break into an hour procrastination session isn’t in your best interest.
Get some exercise
Take a walk, jog, or even do some yoga! Anything you can do to expend some energy is good. Working out can help manage your stress and anxiety as well. When you’re ready to hit the books again, you’ll be feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. In fact, regular exercise can even help improve your memory and study skills!
Take time to snooze
“Power nap” is a phrase commonly heard around campus during exam week. Depending on the length of your naps, you’ll experience different effects. Here’s a guide to consider before setting your alarm. Additionally, aim to get enough sleep each night. Don’t study or take a test when you’re tired; avoid all-nighters, and start preparing now.
Find a tutor on campus
Most universities have an on-campus tutoring program. If you haven’t signed up for it yet, check it out to see what options are available. Needing some extra help in a class is normal, and the services are there to be used.
Talk to your professor
Lastly, don’t be afraid to chat with your professors. They’ve probably given out a study guide or announced which topics will be covered on the test. If you have questions about what will be covered, don’t be afraid to ask.
You have all the best study tips at your disposal; now you just have to use them. Good luck on your exams everyone, and don’t forget to sell your books with Cash4Books at the end of the semester!