Finals can be intimidating, especially for first time college students. If you are having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, read through our guide to survive finals. This guide will help you survive finals and make the grades you have been hoping for all quarter.
First and foremost, take a deep breath. Finals are not meant to stress students out. If you have been studying and keeping up with your classwork throughout the quarter, then you have the tools to succeed on your finals. You will do great!
Don’t wait until the last minute. Check when your finals are by asking your professors and referencing the course syllabus. Knowing the dates and times of your finals can help prioritize which studying should come first. If you map out your finals and use good time management, then studying will feel less overwhelming. This will allow you to not cram and retain more information.
Talk to your professors.
Your professors are your best study tool. Listen carefully in lectures and discussions, ask questions and focus on examples they use in class. Talking to your professor can clarify important information and help you better understand subjects you will be tested on.
Form a study group.
Remember you are not alone. There are several other students tackling finals with you. Form a study group with your peers, so you can build your notes and apply topics you are studying in conversation. Study groups can be a fun and effective way to learn, just make sure to stay on task.
Utilize best practices for studying.
Whether studying alone or in groups, all students should practice study skill fundamentals. Focusing on best practices like staying organized, rewarding yourself with breaks or asking for help will allow you to get the most out of studying.
Separate your subjects.
When you are studying for multiple finals, it is easy for subjects to start blending together. Make sure you study one topic at a time, so you don’t confuse information from two classes. Inter-studying also tempts students to switch subjects when information from one class starts becoming difficult. Instead, focus on understanding each class in depth before moving on to the next.
The best way to see if you are ready for finals is by testing your knowledge of the material. Quiz yourself to see what you already know and what you can spend more time learning.
The best way to stay relaxed for your finals is if you also stay organized. Leading up to your exam, be sure to have the required materials to take the test. Visit South College’s bookstore to stock up on materials so you are not scurrying to find a pencil the morning of your final.
Get a good night sleep.
Lastly, don’t forget to sleep! Your brain needs to be well rested in order to perform at its highest potential. If you implement advice from the finals survival guide, then you can go to bed early the night before your final feeling confident and prepared.
Don’t let the end of the quarter sneak up on you. Learn more ways to finish classes strong, so you can be proud of your academic achievements.