As final exams quickly approach, the stress for students also builds. For some students this may be their first foray into college exam time, and with that can come much anxiety about how to appropriately prepare. We have some good tips to help students approach finals with confidence and poise:
- Create a study schedule NOW! Look at which exams are the largest percentage of your grade, the tests that will cover the most material, and the class in which you have the lowest grade to help prioritize.
- In addition to utilizing your notes and reading material for studying, review your previous exams. Even if your test isn’t cumulative you can get a sense for your professor’s examination style and make mock tests according to that structure.
- Eat healthy and sleep! In order for our brain to work at its most optimum level, our body needs to be in its best condition. All night study sessions downing red bull after red bull does not a healthy brain make.
- Think positive thoughts. This seems simple, but can have a big impact. Saying, “I am so going to fail this exam,” can act as a self-fulfilling prophecy. On the other hand, confidence and positivity will enable your brain to think clearly and find those answers more easily!
Ultimately, students must be purposeful about the end of the semester. It is not time to check out just yet!!
Once finals are over, the joy of winter break can be intoxicating! We definitely encourage students to reap the sweat reward of a well-earned break; however, we also encourage students to do a little preparation for their spring term.
Our biggest recommendation would be making plans about their spring schedule. Their class schedule has changed and thereby their study schedule has changed. Students should use a weekly schedule breakdown to see where the open times are in their week and plan the times they will study. Entering the semester with this already figured out will cut down on the inevitable adjustment time period students go through when returning to school with different courses and a different weekly schedule.
Maintaining a health sleep cycle during the break is also recommended, so that students don’t enter their spring term with an inability to wake up for their 9 am course.
Lastly, we encourage students to make goals about their spring term. What do they want to accomplish? What grades are they aiming for in their classes? What leadership position do they want to have by the end of the term? Knowing this ahead of time can help with approaching the semester in an intentional way.
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