Your practical guide to surviving finals

Studying for final exams can be tough. But we’re here to help you through those sleepless nights.

1. Know your rhythm.

The most important notion that comes into play when studying for finals is for you to be aware of your most efficient learning method. Experiment with different methods when studying for tests to make sure you have reached your best bet by the time for finals. And while many find solace in repeating the required info over and over, others may prefer to review the material once and for all and not even bring their textbook on the day of the exam. There is no right or wrong here. It is mostly a matter of personal preference.

2. Do not be fooled by the planning fallacy.

Time management is essential to developing effective study habits. But beware not to fall victim to the planning fallacy, which is our tendency as humans to think that we can accomplish a certain task in less time than it actually ends up taking. Set your study schedule and expectations based on your previous experiences.

3. Break up with the last-minute rule.

Do not strive to be on time when in fact you should be at least half-a-step ahead of it. Make time to go over the material throughout the semester to avoid accumulating an insurmountable bulk of studies by the end of it.

4. Dissipate the stress.

It is perfectly okay to be stressed and confused at some point, especially when you still got a large chunk of the material to cover, but it is not okay to be entirely consumed by stress and have it disperse your focus. Relax, find a good place to study and proceed at your own pace. Worrying can only drain your energy. Save that energy for studying!

5. Sleep.

No matter how short on time you are, try as much as possible to get enough sleep the night before your exam. It might even be beneficial for you to sacrifice your last chance to go over the material once again at the altar of a good night of sleep, simply because this will help you function better on the actual day of your final exam.

6. Prioritize.

When short on time, learn to set your priorities and proceed accordingly. Sometimes it is best to go over the entire material at once (even if you have to do it quickly) while it might be better to be more selective at other times.

7. Learn to pick yourself up quickly.

Messing up on one of your early finals is not an excuse for you to back down and give up on the rest of them. Think of each of your final exams separately in order to narrow your focus and ultimately drive better results.

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