Tips for studying for finals

January 23, 2014

By Azan Sarosh

NEW — 1:45 p.m. Jan. 22, 2014

Believe it or not, this school year is already halfway over! Though this may be good news, it comes with a heavy weight: finals.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

This week typically involves student all-nighters in a desperate attempt to cram a whole semester’s worth of material in one night, hoping to somehow raise or retain a class grade.

Though finals week may be an incredibly stressful time of year for many, here are some tips to make it more bearable:

Learn to manage your time — If you are taking two finals the next day, make sure you are distributing your time for the final you need more time to study for.

Take breaks while studying — When you are done learning/studying a subject, try taking a 10-minute nap. It will ease your mind and help the information become more concrete. Plus, you’ll be more focused to learn other things.

Spend your time studying reviews — Don’t waste your time trying to learn the whole semester’s material in one night; instead, work on the review given by your teacher. This will narrow down the information you will need to study for the final.

Go to the library and study — Studying at home may cause too many distractions, and you may feel the urge to fall asleep since your bed is just a few feet away.

Read out loud when studying — You will be able to focus more on what you’re learning rather than just skimming over.

Try to avoid music, or listen to instrumental music — I personally find myself more in tune with the song rather than what I am trying to learn, so if you are the same way, just put some smooth jazz on and study away.

Sleep, sleep, sleep — Staying up until 3 a.m. won’t help a lot because you’ll probably be too sleepy to retain information at that point. Also, staying up late will lead to excessive tiredness the next day, which will make you more likely to make mistakes on the final.

Get yourself a cinnamon roll — You probably deserve it.

These are just a few tips I found myself following to study for my finals, and hopefully they help you, too! Just remember that finals aren’t the end of the world; many times, teachers don’t weigh the final that heavily anyway. Also, remember that there’s still a whole semester to make up for any shortcomings. And if second semester isn’t great either, there’s always the option of becoming Vine famous.

Happy studying!

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