The snow is thawing and the sun is starting to shine, so we know what that means. Spring has sprung! BUT that also means that finals week will be here before you know it! Studying shouldn’t be a daunting task. Use the following tips as inspiration to start early and make a plan. You’ll be sure to crush your finals with your head held high!
Scheduling is Your Best Friend
First things first: do not cram! This is truly a classic mistake, but don’t wait until the end of the marking period to study. During the marking period, use your “down” weeks of classwork to get a head start! If you wait until the night before an exam to study, you will more than likely just be reading your notes or books. And reading is NOT studying! Got it? Good.
Create a Study Environment
After an entire year of on-and-off virtual learning, you have probably learned what kind of environment you thrive in. Do you work better in silence, with music playing in the background, listening to white noise or with a show playing on low volume? If you’re anything like me, maybe you need to occasionally switch up your studying location. If you find yourself getting distracted or burnt out, gather your things and head to the front porch, dining room table, your bed, etc.!
Discover Your Learning Style
Everybody learns differently, and that’s okay! In order to soak in as much information as you can, discovering your learning style is key. Some people are visual learners and understand concepts better with examples or photos, while others are auditory listeners and learn better speaking as if they’re the teacher relaying the information to somebody else. Whatever works for you!
Turn Your Phone Off
I know this is easier said than done, but turning your phone off (or at least putting it somewhere where you can’t see it or hear notifications) will greatly increase your focus and attention span. If your phone is within reach or blowing up, it’s likely that you’ll pick it up just to see who texted you, then answer, then scroll, then check who viewed your story and then you’ll realize that an hour has passed! Sometimes Do Not Disturb is not enough, so there are apps that temporarily lock your phone so you can study for a few uninterrupted hours. It’s worth a shot!
Studying is a marathon, not a sprint. In order to avoid burnout, study in blocks to lessen the strain. Every so often, take a five minute break to fill up your water bottle (stay hyrdrated!), order a pizza, stretch, take a walk or whatever you may need! After a break, you will feel refreshed and ready to dive back in. If you notice that you simply can’t focus and your session is becoming unproductive, call it a night! If you listened to tip #1, you have plenty of time to study, right?!
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
I know it can be hard to admit that you don’t understand something. But, asking for help is a strength that will only aid your success. I’m sure that your teacher(s) would actually be thrilled if you asked for help! And please remember that there is no such thing as a dumb question.
Be Kind to Yourself
The best tip of them all was saved for last. Repeat after me: it’s okay to make mistakes as long as I fix them. If you’re not making mistakes, it means you aren’t trying hard enough! School can be tough, especially during these uncertain times so please give yourself grace! You got this.