Your college finals are just around the corner. If you’re planning to hibernate and pull a few all-nighters, think again. Studying can be stressful if you procrastinate or lack good study habits. Take your tests with confidence by following these 7 simple tips to help you pass your exams.
1. Find a Few Study Spaces. Since the library will probably be at max capacity, find 2-3 other productivity-encouraging areas in which you can concentrate and focus on school work. Did you know that, according to a 2010 New York Times report, memory is influenced by location? Alternate your study spots to encourage enhanced memory.
2. Use Mobile Apps. Get with the times! Here is a list of mobile apps to help you study. With these apps, you can create your own flashcards or voice record your own notes on your phone so you’ll be able to access them anytime, anywhere. A 5-minute wait in line for lunch can become a mini study session.
3. Get Rest. Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep a night. You will function better when you’re well rested.
4. Eat healthy. A grumbling stomach can be a distraction, so make sure you eat. To avoid “crashes”, stay away from junk food and highly caffeinated drinks. Brain foods such as nuts, vegetables, whole grains and fruit are great for getting you through your study sessions.
5. Take Advantage of School Resources. Write a list of questions to later ask your professor in an email or during office hours. You may be surprised at how eager your professor will be to help you succeed. If your final exam is a paper, get it proofread at your college writing center. It may determine whether or not you receive an A versus a B!
6. Use a Planner. Preparation is crucial! Write in a planner (or set reminders in a mobile calendar app) everyday to remember due dates, block out study times, and schedule other scholastic activities. Staying on a good schedule is important to building a good work ethic.
7. Go to Class & Take Notes. This seems like it goes without saying, but it’s important to mention because often professors will include material on the exam that is not in the textbook. If you are unable to make it to class, ask a buddy what you missed or contact your professor.