Final exams are quite a nightmare. And let’s face it – almost no one studies throughout the year, so you have to learn for eight subjects of so, in just a couple of weeks.
Throughout my many exams sessions, I discovered some tricks that helped me study more efficiently and now I’m sharing them with you. Really hope they’ll come in hand.
1. Be aware
Finals are exhausting, so be aware of that and start getting ready a bit earlier: create a study schedule, decide where or with whom are you going to study and so on. Studying 2 days before the exam can work (I’ve been there sooo many times), but it might not bring you the results that you expect; plus you will become a zombie.
2. No phone
Put it on DND, so that only specific people can disturb you – social media or internet connection not allowed as well (only if you need it for studying).
3. Go to the library
Or anywhere but not in your bedroom – changing the environment will help you focus better.
We know by default that libraries are for reading and studying. Also, it’s difficult to be in a silent room, where everyone’s studying and do nothing. What else would you do there if not studying?
4. Create a schedule
Certain waking up hours, routines etc. will always help.
A learning schedule didn’t work for me. Knowing that I have to learn a certain amount of chapters makes me anxious, I get nervous and I can’t focus. But maybe it will work for you, so give it a try.
5. Stay healthy
Skipping meals and drinking infinite numbers coffee mugs on an empty stomach, won’t do any good to you.
Have fruits, vegetable, nuts and seeds on hand for a quick and healthy snack. Your brain need all the fuel it can get to memorise all the information you’re trying to stuck in.
It’s important to have some well-deserved breaks: sleep well, have regular breaks – it will help you focus better.
When you can’t stop thinking about a certain thing (how hungry you are or how much you need to pee) don’t snooze it. Take a quick break, go pee and come back. You will make it worse if you keep snoozing it because you won’t get any of those two rabbits: neither focusing nor peeing (or any other thing that’s on your mind :D).
7. Take notes & play
Take quick notes while studying – it will help you memorize information faster.
The good old trick is to make fun associations help you remember certain things (for example, when I have a long list of elements to remember, I take the first letter of each word and I create a weird abbreviation that will help me remember all the steps). This video will give you lots of tricks about how to study more efficiently.
There’s nothing more releasing than knowing you’re done with finals (for now) and you passed them all.
Celebrate the end of finals with a two-day sleep and all the pizza you can have. 🙂
Let me know what other tips you have that help you study more efficiently and please share this article with others if you found it useful.