Even though they are still weeks away, it is a good idea to start getting prepared for finals now.
Rather than pushing everything off to the last second, then cramming and being stressed out, it is not a bad idea to start looking over material from the beginning of the semester so when the time comes for the exam you are well-prepared.
Stress takes a huge toll on your body, and during finals week, I think everyone’s stress level is through the roof. It does not have to be that way, though. Sure, regardless of how prepared you are, there are still going to be some nerves going into an exam that is a huge part of your grade. But being prepared well in advance will take some of that away.
For things you are not understanding, or have had trouble with throughout the semester, the Learning Center in the Ezra Lehman Library is a great resource to use. Whether it be trouble in a math class or needing help writing a huge paper, the student tutors are there to help. It’s a free resource, why would you not use it?
It’s easy to say, “I’ll start next week,” but then next week comes and it seems like a chain of excuses. Discipline is key. Set goals for yourself, like spending an hour each day at the library, and as finals week gets closer, increase the time.
Being prepared is key, and it only makes sense to be prepared sooner than later. Finals week sneaks up on you fast.
With the end of the semester quickly approaching, it is easy to get caught up in everything and forget about what really matters — finals.
At this point in the semester, it seems as if you have a million projects due and so many events to attend.
Keep in mind that in just a few short weeks, finals will be here. It’s an added pressure to always be thinking about it, but the earlier you start studying, the easier it will be.
Even just making flashcards now as you go, or even looking at the material for 15 minutes every day to refresh your mind will help in the long run.
Your knowledge of material that you learn toward the end of the semester will be easy to remember, but it is the material from August that you need to relearn.
The longer you wait to study, the harder it will become to even retain the slightest bit of information. If you decide three hours before the test that you are going to study a semester-long worth of material, it will never work.
Between classes or even at lunch, just take out your binder and skim some of your notes. In that time, you would most likely be scrolling through social media anyway, and I promise, you’re not going to miss anything.
It may seem a little time consuming, but it will be worth it when it is the night before the test and you’re the one who is prepared.
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