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5 tips to help you prepare for final exams

5 tips to help you prepare for final exams

Exam season is coming!

For many students, it involves sleepless nights and an endless list of review topics. Some anxiety is normal, but there’s no need to go overboard with your worries. Try these tips to help you better prepare while also dialing down the stress factor:

Start now!

Even if exams aren’t for another month or two, you can start preparing now by making an effort to master each new concept and/or chapter your professor has gone through this term. This way, you’ll have less to re-learn when it’s crunch time—and studying will be much less stressful for you.

Make a plan

Just winging it during your study sessions can leave big gaps in your knowledge. Take a look at what will be covered on your exams, and come up with a review schedule that will help you re-acquaint yourself with the material. Use an agenda to help you keep track of what you need to go over.

Space it out

Cramming dials up the pressure and isn’t an effective way of retaining info anyway—a lose-lose situation. Spreading out your study efforts over a few weeks gives you a better chance of committing all those facts to memory, through repeated reinforcement.

Pay attention

Teachers often drop hints about what will be on major tests. Pay close attention to topics they go over several times and key concepts that form the foundation of the subject you’re learning. If they’re hosting review sessions, make sure to attend and review any handouts closely.

Read a Book

Often times, exams and tests pull directly from statements found in your textbooks – sometimes even verbatim. By carefully reading each chapter, you’ll easily be able to recall specific passages and potential answers to test questions.

Take good care

Planning on pulling all-nighters, existing on snacks and spending hours holed up in your room? Even though exams can be tough, you still need to take care of yourself. That means getting proper sleep, good nutrition and finding ways to unwind with your friends and family.

Exams are a part of every student’s learning journey. Study hard, do your best, and be proud of what you’ve achieved this school term. Good luck!