Oh, we remember how hectic finals week were! Whether you are in high school or even nearing the final stages of your college career, most would agree that any kind of exam will rattle the nerves of the most confident and prepared student.
Among the worst thing that some students will do is prepare themselves for a multiple choice test when they should be studying for an essay exam. By knowing and studying the format of an exam can be really key in getting yourself ready for a test.
Likewise, there are many unique ways to memorize material while you study! Following some couple of easy tips could make test going a little simpler as well as yours make your life less upsetting.
Before we start, our biggest TIP for finals week is to STUDY A WEEK EARLY!
This prevents any stress, negative mentality, exhaustion, etc. from arising knowing that you have had adequate time to study.
1. Don't study things that you already know.
The BIGGEST mistake we've seen students do when they start studying for their final exam is reviewing course information they already know such as the topics covered in the previous exam 1 and 2. I hope that you can agree with me that there is a lot of information that needs to be covered in each of your courses... Don't waste your time and effort on going over the basic understandings or concepts that you should already have learned as common sense.
Sit down in a quiet area with your notes from class out and onto the table. Next highlight all the chapters that you don't understand. This is the initial step in studying... By this, you are able to focus and prioritize your time in the areas you need to review on.
Be sure to take a look at the textbook (the chapters test covers) or PowerPoint slides provided in your course. By doing so, you should be able to get a firm understanding of the sections you need to attack the most.
At this time evaluate the material and compare it to the study guide or exam review provided to you by your professor while trying to cross out the subjects that aren't covered in the exam review.
The chapters that are not crossed out are what you need to center your time on. Reducing the quantity of information that should be studied within the week leading in the exam enables for additional time for you to be allocated to harder topics.
2. Stay Active and Eat.
Lying on the couch with your favorite sweats might appear like the best way to study... But it's not! Being too comfort can easily result in fatigue, napping, and daydreaming. It's best to try studying while you are on your feet, notes in hands, and review when you walk.
Search for a clear classroom and utilize the white board to your benefit. Visuals (concept maps, diagrams, and graphs) can revitalize research session, and give a little humor towards the learning process.
Make sure to eat! Eating carbohydrates enables the brain to think clearer, more focused, and non-fatigued. However, junk food may be inexpensive and may appear to save your time and money, they are doing nothing to help your brain retain information. Avoid processed and junk food such as fast food restaurants, salted snack foods, or even soda.
Pasta, sandwiches, milk, vegetables and fruit are wonderful sources of carbs and really should be incorporated within the diet while studying for an exam. Particularly the previous night and also in the morning. Never study hungry, it's impossible to focus when your stomach keeps growling at you! Then the mind focuses on wanting food and not on learning.
It's also vital that you get regular sleep. Being brain fatigued during an exam will exponentially reduce your exam performance, although it is okay and very common to pull an all-nighter, make sure you put boundaries or take 30 minute naps. Do not drink too much energizing drinks, the sugar can make your body crash the next day, limit yourself to two maximum drinks, if not any less.
It is also smart to get the body pumped and moving before your test. Take a brisk walk. Studies show that exercising allows the bloodstream to flow, allowing your body to build an adrenaline rush while also raising endorphin levels (in your body). It's also a common way to cope with anxiety and stress!
3. Know the Purpose:
Why am even studying this? Frequently we get a common symptom called "information overload" while studying... For that, is the reason why it usually gets hard to recall material afterwards. Be certain that you know the purpose on why you are studying, what's motivating you to keep going?
- To know a particular concept or idea
- To better yourself in a particular area
- To know why someone did a particular thing
- To reply to questions of the assigned academic studying
Keeping a purpose in your mind while you study can drastically help you concentrate on just the relevant information and remembering them better.
There's a virtually infinite quantity of reasons you may be studying something, make certain you understand what's yours.
4. Study Before Going to Sleep and Immediately After Getting Out Of Bed
The most ideal time to review or learn something is simply before going to sleep and immediately when you wake up. Throughout the day the mind is becomes overloaded with a lot of useless information and it continues to try and filter out information that's useful and worth remembering and what's not.
Be sure not to brush your teeth in the morning. Weird, but true studies show that when you brush your teeth, you're telling your brain that you're ready to go. By this, your brain starts to feel rushed when you try to study, but in the end, you're just skimming and trying to cram all the information all at once.
This makes it simpler that you forget things. Just imagine if you are asked about what did you do yesterday after a struggled and long day will you be able to reply? Yes, it's a lot like that. Before sleep and after getting out of bed your mind is refreshed also it secretes some chemicals that can help make your memory more concrete.
5. Recall What You've Learned:
Try to spend 15-minute revising on what you have learned. If you adopted some of these methods, you will be amazed at just how much you remember and will also improve your confidence in your capability to recall. This improves the whole process and you will put more effort into getting out of bed the next day and doing the work again.
Are you fed up with procrastinating and then panicking to get things done in the last minute? If so then you need to perform proper planning.
Proper planning and using correct methods will help you in planning your day effectively. We completely understand how stressing it is to be a college student and submit the assignments as well as prepare for exams but if you start studying from the beginning of the year you should face less problems.
The most prepared student can seem to be stressed and overwhelmed with the potential outcomes of a test and there's always time to get a reality check. Getting a bad grade, blowing an exam, or failing in class is not good for the ego however it does happen. Do not think that this is the end of the world. Create a list from the possible outcomes and arrange for all of them.
Talk to your friends and family and explain the problem. They are great source of comfort and support. Getting a plan even when everything does not go exactly as you wish them is a great way to remove anxiety from the test taking situation.