19 Crucial Study Tips For Finals Week
Published November 12th, 2018

Finals week can be the most stressful time for a college student. If your freaking out about final exams it's important to keep calm and study on! 

Bring your A-game. How you prep for these exams can make or break your final class grade. Ensure you’re prepared for your exams with these study tips, which can help you lock in that passing grade. Haha and remember that in most college undergraduate programs C’s get degrees!

1. Start Early | If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!

2. Organize, Organize, Organize | Don’t overwhelm yourself. Assign yourself a particular subject per day to focus on. This will lessen the workload in the long run. Maybe even sub-divide each subject into mini lessons. The point is to make sure you are not tackling huge amounts of information at once. 

3. Create A Tribe | This can be key to success and will also hold each other accountable. It can be helpful to study in groups – sometimes. Evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to the subject as well at your learning process.

4. Ask Questions | If you’re struggling with any course material don’t be afraid to ask. Ask your professor, ask classmates, ask friends who have taken the class before. 

5. Repetition | Read over the material again, and again and again. The more you say it and write it out the easier it will be to recall that information during crunch time.

6. Catch Some Zzzz’s | Pulling an all-nighter and multiple light nights is one of the worst things that you can do! Fatigued brains do not retain information, nor do they recall it well come test day. 

7. Schedule Office Hours | This is the main key to success. You’ll be surprised how much info you can get about specific exams at these office hours. Always remember it can never hurt to ask.

8.Acquire The Needed Materials | College is expensive and textbooks are beyond overpriced. Some students opt out or can’t afford the textbook for every class. Visit a site like iFlipd.com and rent the textbook for only the week or two you need it plus you get reward points when you return it that are good for various gift cards. 

9.Poll For Help | Most college students have a large social circle with fellow college students. Don’t be afraid to ask around and poll on social media requesting advice from a class some friends might have taken. You’ll be surprised how willing student are to help out with a course they previously took.

10.Take Breaks | You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key, ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.

11. Color Coding | Create a system that allows you to color code material that's going to be on the exam by what's most important to less important. This will help you focus on the most pertinent information and prioritize the material.

12. Study Tunes | Create a playlist that you can have on in the background while you study. Typically music with no voices is the best. Classical or low level electronic music like the playlist from last years EDC is always a good go-to.

13. Eat Healthy | Avoid the quick and convenience of fast food. During finals week, you may be tempted to eat and drink whatever items are most convenient. However, the quick calories of processed carbohydrates will ultimately leave you exhausted.

14. Do Some Cardio | Got for a quick run at least once a day when studying extensively. Exercise boosts blood flow to the brain, and sitting in one place for an extended period of time can lead to a tired, ill-supplied mind. 

15. Social Media Limits | The reverse of focusing too intensely is not being able to focus at all. Only check in on your favorite platforms or websites for 10 to 15 minutes before going to bed or during your downtime.

16. Pause The Parties | This tip is sometimes the hardest. Pause your party life from the week before finals to after your last test. Then feel free to celebrate! Partying and recovering will take a toll on your brain.

17. Create A Reward System | It's easier to focus if you adapt to studying by quizzing yourself, creating acronyms or rewarding yourself for a job well done. Create a game plan literally! Reward yourself with candy or food after you read a certain number of pages. Allow yourself to watch one episode on Netflix when you pass a practice exam.

18. Expand Your Knowledge | Over-learn the material. When you think you are finished, keep going!

19. Game Day | This is the moment! Get a solid amount of sleep the night before, eat a good breakfast, and breathe. Instead of thinking about the exam itself visualize how good it’s going to feel walking out of that exam knowing you just nailed it!

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