The academic year is wrapping up, which means final exams have awoken from hibernation and are creeping around us in the darkness, preparing to strike! Fortunately we have a flashlight to catch them off-guard: studying. Preparing for finals week proves difficult for some students. Here are some tips to make your studying most effective:
Intersperse Your Studying with Breaks.
Put the Phone Away!
Use Physical, Handwritten Notes.
Form a Study Group.
Studying alone has its benefits: You are generally likelier to stay on task and avoid losing yourself to unrelated conversations. However, a study group can be effective as well. The members of groups can hold each other accountable for staying on task and contributing to the discussion when you meet.
You can divide and conquer when tackling multiple chapters and units simultaneously. It can distract you from yielding to the temptations of phones. (Plus, a study group can be a successful way to make new friends.)
Go to Office Hours.
If you have any questions whose answers you cannot find, go to your professor’s office hours or make a private appointment with them. They will be delighted to answer your questions and provide other ways of thinking about difficult concepts. They may even reveal which chapters are more relevant to the final and which are not as relevant.