Finish the semester strong with these study tips

It is almost here. The dreaded finals before winter break. While it can seem stressful, don’t wait for it to hit you like a Mack truck. If you are proactive starting now, you can not only manage these finals, but ace them! Here are some hot tips to get you started.

  1. Just get started. Don’t wait until you feel like studying.
  2. Create a master to-do list and a schedule for the remaining days in the semester. Break cumulative exams into smaller study units, which will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and help you monitor your progress daily.
  3. Review your notes daily from now until the exam.
  4. Identify the format of the exam. Vary your study technique according to the type of exam.
  5. Predict possible questions. Review old tests, study guides or the course objectives.
  6. Answer questions you didn’t know the first time. If the exam is cumulative and you struggled to master any material, return to it.
  7. Meet with the professor,or a tutor if it will help.
  8. Develop summary sheets for each class.
  9. Link new information to things you already know. Forming these associations will help you retrieve information later.
  10. Check the front of your textbook to see if the publisher provides any online study aids.
  11. Set specific measurable goals for each study session to keep yourself on track.
  12. Create mnemonic devices, such as acrostics, rhymes or acronyms, to help you remember information.
  13. Take short breaks. Your brain can process a limited amount of information and benefits from some rest. Just don’t rest for days.
  14. Reward yourself with naturally enjoyable activities, such as playing video games or clicking through Facebook.
  15. Stay healthy. Get some sleep and avoid caffeine. Seriously – your brain with thank you.
  16. Draw it. Create tables, diagrams, mind maps or pictures to represent and organize the information.
  17. Explain it aloud. Go into an empty classroom and pretend to teach the material to someone. Using your own words helps you assess your comprehension, which ultimately aids your memory.
  18. Study in a distraction-reduced environment. Turn off your cell phone, TV and email notifications.
  19. Identify examples or illustrations that embody the concept and demonstrate ways you will utilize the information.
  20. Attempt to answer the questions at the end of the chapter in your textbook.
  21. Quiz yourself. Cover up your notes and try to explain them. Create flashcards. If you find yourself struggling to remember, try different techniques to learn the material.
  22. Form a study group and develop a practice test together.
  23. Manage your anxiety. By listen to calming music, stretching or breathing deeply, you can avoid stress and release negative thoughts.
  24. Cover the material more than you think you will need.  When you think you are finished, keep going. The exam questions will be such a relief.
  25. Stay positive and persist, believing that talent can be developed. You can learn material by working hard, seeking help and using effective strategies.

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