Whether you are in the beginning, middle, or end of your college journey, finals are something that everyone has to deal with. Even though these are times of intense stress and worry, there are some things you can do to make your finals season as smooth as possible.
When it comes to studying for a test, cramming the night before is never a good idea. The only thing that should be your priority the night before an exam is a good night’s rest. A good rule of thumb is to start studying at least two weeks prior to the test. Spacing your studying out over the course of fourteen days gives you enough time to see exactly what you know and what needs more work. Then, you can focus your time on the topics that give you the most trouble and enhance your knowledge in the topics that you are most confident with. Study like you want a 100 but expect less. When you are a full-time student, who could have a job, or even extracurricular requirements, finding spare time to study for a test that is so far into the distance can be very hard (believe me, I know). However, the more you study for a test, the better you’ll do.
After sitting in a lecture or reading passages, sometimes there are certain topics that still go over your head, and that is totally fine. Don’t be afraid to go and ask for help. Your professors and TA’s are there to assist you so use them to the fullest extent. You could also reach out to classmates or people who have taken the class before. College classes are hard, but you do not have to do it alone.
The best way to prepare for an exam is to do practice exams, and as many as possible. Depending on the class, your professor might provide old exams as a resource to study. If they do, then be sure to not only take the exam, but get help if there is a question that you don’t understand. Different classes have different exam structures so you should prepare according to your type of exam. If you will have to write an essay or short written answers, make up your own questions and practice answering them in the time that you will be given on the actual exam. Don’t go into a test blindly; Simulate exam day much as possible.
We all want to do our best and sometimes that desire to do well can make us a little crazy. Remember to take breaks during your study time and reward yourself on a job well done. Let’s face it. Sometimes finals season can be an emotional rollercoaster and that’s okay. If you need to cry, cry. If you need to vent, go talk to someone. If you want to lay in bed and eat ice cream, that’s fine too. Don’t keep your emotions bottled up inside. Grades are important, but so is your mental well-being. So, in the midst of your studying, find time to destress.
Lastly, your attitude affects everything else. So, keep a positive attitude throughout the
whole process. It makes a world of a difference. Walk into the exam with your head held high and do what you have been preparing to do. Even if you do not do as well as you hoped, remember that it’s not the end of the world and you can always bounce back. Good luck on all of your exams!
Your Curl Sister,