It’s getting closer to finals week, and many students are getting the exam jitters. But no need to panic there are tools and tips out there to help students be better prepared for their final exams. Here are just a few on how to be better prepared for final exams:
Don’t procrastinate. Give yourself ample time to study and relax. While many people feel that waiting till the last minute to study will be the only time they can actually focus, that might not actually be the case.
“This sudden spurt of energy is the source of the erroneous feeling that ‘I only work well under pressure,’” according to California Polytechnic State University’s website. “Actually, at this point you are making progress only because you haven’t any choice. Your back is against the wall and there are no alternatives. Progress is being made, but you have lost your freedom.”
Force Yourself To Get Serious
Sitting down and focusing can be hard. Some great ways to start buckling down are to set goals for yourself and give yourself incentives and rewards for meeting those goals.
Removing obstacles and distractions is another way to begin focusing, as well as listening to white noise and finding a place free of distraction, according to an article written on wikiHow.
“If what you’re studying requires you to use the Internet and you’re worried that you may become distracted with online games, videos and so on, try using a free productivity extension for your web browser,” according to wikiHow.
This extension will make it possible to temporarily block websites that will distract you while you study.
Practice On Old Tests
Many teachers give tests back throughout the year. If a study guide is not provided and studying seems like an impossible feat, looking at the tests you’ve taken throughout the semester can help give direction. Looking at past exams “helps you get used to the format of the questions, and – if you time yourself – can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section,” according to the Top Universities website.
Teaching others to help yourself learn is an age-old technique used by many students.
“Students enlisted to tutor others, these researchers have found, work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more effectively,” according to Time magazine; these students score higher on their exams.
Snack On Good Food
As college students, we love to snack. Many might snack a little while studying, but what you choose to eat can affect your studying.
“Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries,” according to the Top Universities website.
The BYU-Idaho campus provides studying resources for students to utilize that are free of charge and made specifically to help students achieve their academic goals.
“Don’t hesitate about getting a tutor for a course,” according to the BYU-I website. “The average GPA of students who use tutors at BYU-Idaho is 3.2. This indicates that it is the smart students who know where help is available.”