While my last blog post focused on preparing yourself for studying for finals, in this one I’m going to provide you with some helpful tips for studying for finals. First thing’s first, don’t wait until last minute to study for your finals. Procrastination is a common thing for college students, but in the long run it only puts you at a disadvantage. Follow that study schedule I mentioned in my last blog, make sure you have a game plan and follow it.
Everybody is told at one point or another that using flashcards is a good way to study, and that’s because it really does work. First you have to highlight the important facts to memorize. If your professor gave you a study guide or pointed out facts that will definitely be on the test, put these onto the flashcards first. Then go through the chapters of your textbook and make flashcards out of the key facts. This process may take a while, but it will be very worth it and will give you less work to do for the rest of your time before the test.
Every day leading up to the final, take at least a half hour to an hour going over these flashcards until eventually you are an expert. However, don’t always study them in the same order, make sure you mix them up every day. See, our brain tends to memorize the first and last things we try to remember, and will generally avoid remembering everything in the middle. Changing the order in which you study the information each day will help to avoid this phenomenon.
Lastly, don’t fret. If you take your time and study every day for at least a week or so, you should be fine. Stressing out is only going to hurt you, so make sure you’re calm and composed. Get a good amount of sleep the night before the test and make sure to eat a good breakfast to wake your brain up. What you don’t want to do is try and cram last minute. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.