Studying for finals can be stressful and overwhelming. Finding what works for you is imperative to getting that good grade. These helpful study tips could be just what you need to finish strong.
1. Read, write, and speak.
Your brain absorbs more information when you study in multiple ways. No matter if you are a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, you can get your left brain active by reading, writing, and speaking while you are studying. The Princeton Review says that reading, re-writing, and speaking your notes out loud is a great way to memorize the quick facts they need to know.
2. Unleash your inner artist.
Now, time to work the right side of your brain! Here is where you can create an interesting combination of entertainment and the important information you need to study. Does your mind thrive off of music? Take down all of the information you need to remember for your finals and make a little song out of it. More of a pen and pencil artist? Think about drawing out symbols and pictures to help you tell the story of your courses from start to finish. Fast Web tells us that mind maps and diagrams can also be a helpful way for visual learners to connect one concept to another.
3. Take a break.
As much fun as tips number one and number two are, it is still important to take frequent breaks throughout the time you spend studying. After about an hour of rewriting notes or re-reading your textbook, it is always a good idea to take a break to go on a walk or reward yourself for the hard work you have put in. Reward your brain with a little break from the studying, your eyes with a little break from the reading, and your hand with a little break from the diligent note taking. Psychology today suggests that you take “detachment” breaks that completely take you out of your work, like a quick stroll or even a quick game.
4. Unplug… Kind of
In today’s uber-connected world, it is sometimes hard to follow through with this one. However, making sure that your computer notifications are turned off and your cell phone is flipped over can increase your concentration. If your cell phone has a “Do Not Disturb” mode, turn it on: Social media can wait until after your tests! Electronics do have some fantastic options to help you stay organized during this hectic time. The Exam Countdown Lite App is a great example of a free application to make sure you know which exams are coming up and will help you prioritize. Unplug the distractions, but make sure to take advantage of what you can!
5. Stay rested and healthy.
When finals season comes, many students throw their health and sleep aside for the week. However, these two factors are extremely important to the success of your testing. You are busy. Maybe you are trying to balance taking care of your family, having a full-time job, and your academics. Everything you spend time on is important to you, and that includes your health. Without the proper amount of sleep, you will not be at your best to take your tests. Eating right is also imperative to success. That means drinking enough water and not skipping any meals. Keep yourself rested and healthy to make sure you are putting your best foot forward for this year’s finals!
Good luck! Don’t be afraid to reach out to your online academic advisor for help. They are here to make sure you know how to access any of the many academic success services that JWU Online offers.
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