Even after months of dedication and work, final exams can determine whether you succeed or fail. All your exams being compressed into a single week can be overwhelming to say the least. However, following some simple tips and taking time to plan and prepare can make all the difference.
Read through these suggestions and take time to plan and prepare for your finals week.Prioritize and plan
Creating a study plan will allow you to study materials at your own pace. Working in 30-minute increments with 10-minute breaks in between study sessions gives time to rest and recharge. After double checking your exam times, make sure that you allow yourself the time you need to prepare without overworking yourself or losing out on too much sleep.
Huffpost explains that beginning to prepare as soon as professors give final paper or project assignments that are due before finals week will allow you to give undivided attention to your exams.Stay active
Exercise boosts blood flow to the brain which improves your energy and focus. Sitting in place for an extended period of time can lead to a tired, ill-supplied mind. Even if you do not have time for a full workout, you can still go for a short walk or do a couple sets of jumping jacks.
According to the Daily Collegian, not only will being active clear your head but it will also give you a much needed break from studying. Finals week can bring on a lot of stress and anxiety and taking this time can be a great way to focus on something outside of school.Eat well
Eating healthy food is always a great idea but during finals week it can be especially tempting to eat and drink whatever is most convenient. However, the quick calories of processed carbohydrates will ultimately leave you exhausted. Instead, you should eat foods that will provide energy over a longer period of time: whole grains, fresh vegetables, and lean proteins.
This is especially important right before a final. Since most final exams are more than one hour in length, be sure to eat a meal that is high in protein and can sustain your hunger throughout the testing period.Experiment with different study methods
If you have more than one final it can be tempting to study for each separately in chronological order. However, human beings are not designed to focus narrowly for long stretches of time so switching between different subjects or projects can be beneficial towards retaining the most amount of information and staying motivated.
Also, implementing study groups into your plan can be beneficial, not only to further retain information, but also for your mental health. Finals week typically consists of long periods of time on your own, being with others can lift your mood and help you study more intensely and for longer periods of time.Stay hydrated
Your brain is at its best when it is hydrated. Dehydration causes fatigue and headaches that will distract you from studying. Many students forget how much coffee dehydrates, so for every coffee you have, you need a glass or bottle of water. Your mind and body will thank you.Remember to sleep
Everyone requires different levels and amounts of sleep but it is not healthy for anyone to pull an all-nighter. If you really feel that you must stay up all night to succeed on an exam, make sure you are able to give yourself time to take a nap and give your body the sleep it needs.
Sleep will always improve the quality and retention of your studying. If you have the choice between less studying or less sleep, it may be a better option to take more sleep.
We hope that these tips will help you make the most of your time during your finals. Do your best but always remember that your mental and physical health comes first.
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