This week will conclude the 2014-2015 school year. Yay! After many long study-sessions and a few hundred thousand hours of school work, I am ready to enjoy my summer, kick back on the beach, and well, basically do anything OTHER than study! But, oh, wait. This last week of school is also finals week. If you’re feeling like I am, it is quite difficult to be motivated to study for these very crucial tests. In saying that, below I have listed a “Survival Guide” to finals week. Here are my tips of how I prepare for finals:
Outline Your Test Schedule
This can be very helpful to keep organized during this stressful week. I know for myself, I either jot down my schedule in my yearly calendar or in my bullet journal. If I have an intensive schedule, I may even go on Microsoft Word and create a chart for my study schedule and the coinciding test dates.
2. Do NOT Cram
This may literally be my most successful key to how I approach my classes, and, in the end, make the grade I want on my exams. For me, I usually began reviewing for an exam at least three days before, although this may even be too little time to review. Ideally,reviewing the material a little each day a week prior to the exam has proven to be the most successful approach for me, and that’s what I try to shoot for.
3. Annotate/ Revise/ Make-Your-Own Study Guide
As a visual learner, I have sort of made up my own method of studying. What I like to do is outline the chapter first. Then, I will draw out mind maps/ diagrams/ whatever to help me be able to recall the information when test time comes around. Also, I use flashcards for quick studying during breaks at school, home, ect.. By rewriting the material several times, I comprehend it a lot faster and easier than if I were just reading a study guide or chapter. Revision is fun too! Fineliners are a studyblr’s best friend! I use Staedtlers :-)
4. Study Location
I know it may sound “studyblr cliche,” but studying at a coffee shop or library truly does help me retain more information. The serenity of the library gives off a chill vibe, forsure. Or maybe it’s being surrounded by the sweet aroma of coffee and hundreds of books that motivate me. Plus I get to enjoy some delicious coffee. I love my local coffee shop!
5. SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP
I cannot stress this enough! If your are running on four or five hours of sleep, chances are you are NOT going to wake up motivated and ready to conquer finals. Also, it’s definitely not healthy for your body. So, please do yourself a favor and get close to eight hours of sleep the night before finals!
6. Breakfast is the most Important Meal of the Day
I love breakfast.There’s no greater feeling than waking up in the cool, dark morning knowing a hot, tasty breakfast is awaiting you. It’s enough motivation to get me out of bed. Not only is breakfast a dire need to support your body, but it supplies energy and fullness throughout your entire morning. I usually eat gluten free oatmeal with a banana or maybe egg whites with avocado. The options are endless! Also, don’t be like me and eat breakfast at 5 o’clock in the morning of the ACT. My belly growled SO loud. Embarrassing much?
7. And Last but Not Least, GO KICK THAT FINAL’S BUTT!
The end is near, my friend. School is so close to being out. You’re prepared, and you know the material. You’ve studied your hardest, now get out there and ace that final.
“Every morning you have two choices; continue to sleep with your dreams. Or wake up and chase them”- Unknown
Post trial HSC exams I feel destroyed, but I have to try and get it together so that I’m prepared and confident during the HSC! (in less than 8 weeks!!!) I compiled a list of all the areas in my Ancient History syllabus that I need strengthening in! I find it so much more motivating to be able to cross off the dot points as I complete them! Also, whenever we have a big juice bottle, I hoard it as my studying bottle - having 1.5L sitting in front of me reminds me to keep hyrdated!
+ my terarium, because my succulent is flowering, which is exciting! :)
If finals week has you stressed, take a moment to remember:
You are more than a grade, you are worth more than your GPA, than a test score. Your intelligence isn’t equivalent to your grades. Your life isn’t over. You will get through this. You are beautiful, you are strong. Breathe and take care of yourself.