Are you freaking out about college finals? Relax; it’s only natural! Pretty much every student has worried about finals at some point. It’s always helped calm me down to remember that I’m not the only one stressing over finals week. We’re in this together!
Throughout my four years of college, I’ve learned a handful of study tips that I’ve come back to time and time again. Here is my guide to college finals:
It was easier for me to prioritize what to study, instead of trying to make sure I spent equal amounts of time studying for each final. There are several ways you can decide which final to study for first: the one you’re most worried about passing, the final you’ll have first, or the final that has the most material. I think the safe rule to play by is focusing more of your time on the tests you’re most worried about. Familiarize yourself with enough of all of your material to feel a general confidence.
2. Create Study Guides
If you’re a procrastinator (like yours truly), the sooner you start this step, the better! Many professors will provide their own version of a study guide, but it may not be laid out in a way that makes sense to you. It would be wise to type out (or re-write) all of your notes you’ve taken throughout the term and make a packet of important terms, diagrams, theories, examples, etc. Take the time to create your own study guide. Flashcards are also great, too.
3. Do the Practice Tests
Does your professor create practice tests for each chapter? Are there some in your textbook at the end of each section? I used to pass them by, too, but for some classes, they can be really helpful, especially math. Practice does make perfect!
4. Take Your Time
When it is crunch time and you’re sitting in your seat during the final, take your time! I used to panic if I saw someone turn in their test only after 20. I would think maybe the final was really simple and it shouldn’t be taking me so long to finish it. Wrong. Just because someone else finished before me, that doesn’t mean anything about the test itself. We all work at our own pace. So read the problem slowly and think about your answer. Don’t rush and don’t worry about others around you.
5. Attend Review Sessions
Even if it’s during the time of your favorite television show, make sure you’re at the final exam review session! It’s never a bad thing to be over-prepared. There is no such thing as too much reviewing. Plus, your instructor might tell you something only those at the review session have the advantage of knowing. This is also your last chance to ask any questions you might have.
Follow this guide to college finals and you should do just fine.