Finals Success Made Simple!

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Love ’em or hate em, they are here:  Fall Semester Finals.  Senior (and insanely organized) Perry Nalle offers these tips for making the most of January 19-22.  Good luck!

  1. Make a schedule. Write down every day of finals and what you are going to study on that day. Avoid cramming by making sure each subject is written down at least twice leading up to that final. For example, if you have your Biology final on Wednesday, block out time to study on Tuesday and on Sunday. (Another reason to study early is to have time to ask questions before the day of your final!)

    Does your planner look like this?

    Does your planner look like this?

  1. Set goals.  Tell yourself, “If I work on my math review sheet for an hour, I can watch an episode of Parks and Recreation!”
  1. Make sure your study schedule includes breaks. Work for an hour straight, and then take a half hour to make a snack, or scroll through your Insta-feed, or take a walk around the block to clear your head. More ideas: organize your sock drawer, paint your toenails, play with you little brother, buy more toothpaste at CVS, check facebook.
  1. Organize your desk. A clear desk with lead to clearer thinking! Spread out your textbooks, notebooks and binders for each class and only have one class in front of your at a time to focus on that subject. It’s also helpful to have anything you could need to study within arm’s distance so you don’t have to get up and out of study-mode to find something. Whether that’s a water bottle, snack, extra pencil, big eraser or index cards, you are better safe than sorry.
  1. Always do review sheets. Even if you think you know everything, do the problems. Even if it’s not technically assigned, do the problems. Even if you won’t get credit, do the problems. Your studying will pay off.
  1. Utilize study groups. Study groups are a great way to fit in social time, and working with others will reinforce material you learned throughout the semester.

    Neatness counts!

    Neatness counts!

  1. Listen to Instrumental Music.  Studies show that music without lyrics will help you focus. Try the classical music station 90.3, or just shuffle instrumental versions of your favorite songs on youtube. They could even inspire you to try them out on your guitar or piano in your free time!
  1. Put your phone in another room. Phones are distracting. We convince ourselves they are only helpful, with the calculator and google apps so reachable, but its too easy to open another app and end up watching all 20 of the Snapchat story updates you missed.