As finals approach, a wave of panic engulfs students as they feel as if they are doomed. Several months’ worth of material are all compiled into a make-it-or-break-it test for some, and it seems nearly impossible to survive the few hours. However, to aid those in the same circumstances, below are a few tips to ensure the welfare of stressed-out test takers:
- Make good use of time. Whether it is one week or one day from the test, it is important to use your time efficiently. Create a study guide, and if you have more time before the test, create a study schedule. It is important to keep yourself motivated to ensure that you do not slack off. Rather than regretting the time you wasted, put it to use before it is too late. Figure out what method of studying suits you best and follow it.
- Prioritize things. If you have multiple finals, assess as to which ones require more attention. The classes where you may have mastered the material or have a higher grade in may call for less studying than others, so be sure to note this. Review the material covered throughout the semester to figure out your weaknesses, and start by building on those specific concepts.
- Utilize resources wisely. There is an abundance of resources readily available for the tests and materials you may encounter. Look through your notes and homework to get an overview of what you have learned, and venture onto the internet for an even greater assortment. From Khan Academy practice problems to Youtube videos, many concepts are covered and taught online, allowing you to review and understand these concepts more in-depth.
- Take breaks. Efficiency is important but it also involves knowing when to take breaks. After studying for countless hours, you may get tired, and you may not be retaining the information as well. Eat a snack or go outside for fresh air. It is important not to push yourself past your limits.
- Prepare yourself to the best of your abilities. In the end, this final may seem like a huge part of your life, but in several years, you may not even remember it. Study what you can so that after you take the test, you are not filled with regret. No matter the score, it is vital that you put time and effort into preparing for the final. If you did not do so well, take this as a chance to reevaluate and better prepare yourself for the next big test. There is no point in cramming because you know what you know, and it will only stress you out further. There is always room for improvement, but the key is that you put in the effort to make progress.