Winter break is just around the corner. It’s so close, you can almost reach out and touch it…
But first you have to tackle final exams. The semester is coming to a close, and now’s your chance to show what you’ve learned.
Here’s 4 tips for tackling your studying for exams:
1. Taking the first step can be the hardest, so let’s make it quick and easy. Just put all your books, notes, homework, quizzes and tests in a pile. Do this for each class, and you’ll have a manageable, discrete, visual of what you need to do to prepare.
2. Over the course of a week (or two or three if you have the time), spend 30-45 minutes working through a pile. Re-read your class notes, remind yourself what you had to do in past homeworks, and make sure you can still answer the questions on your quizzes and tests.
3. As you’re going over these old notes, take a step back and think in terms of the larger picture. Do you see any patterns, parallels, or even contrasts/opposites in your notes? For example, let’s say you’re reviewing your English notes. Did a literary concept you learned in September remind you of something your English teacher discussed in November? Thinking critically about these broader themes will put you in a great position to synthesize material and answer essay questions.
4. Don’t fall victim to other people going to an extreme — either panicking or procrastinating finals. Stay calm and collected. Sure, exams are important now, but in the grand scheme of things, they’re stupid. You need to do them now, and do the best you can, but once they’re done, they’re done. Celebrate!
“This Is Not A Test” by She & Him: