How to Study for Finals the Right Way
Now that December is upon us, so are… FINALS! *Cue doomful music*
Although you’re probably trying to repress the lurking thoughts of finals,, we must deal with them, and we might as well do it right. Here’s how to study for finals the right way:
1. Start early. Putting off studying for finals might seem like a good idea, but the truth is just the opposite. The sooner you start reviewing material, the more you’ll have time to review in detail.
2. Plan your study time. Schedule a few hours of study time a day every day, and don’t tell yourself, “I’ll do it later.” We all know that later turns into never pretty quickly.
3. Don’t study for hours at a time. During your study sessions, take 15 minute breaks every 45 minutes to an hour. You’ll keep your brain from frying and/or exploding every night, and you’ll give your mind time to let information settle in before trying to cram in more.
4. Listen to music. You might do this anyway, but there’s a way your music can help you study. If you study and hum along with your music, often times you’ll remember things by association.
5. Spread out your topics. If you study two hours of math one day and two hours of history the next, the math will fade from your mind while you switch gears. Study a little bit of each of your subjects every night to make things interesting and to prevent one-subject overload.
6. Last but not least, don’t lose hope! A whole semester of material in 6+ classes can feel completely overwhelming to review, but don’t give up on yourself! When the going gets tough, just give yourself a mini-pep talk and get right back to work.
Finals can be tough, but just remember these tips and your #2 pencil will be smooth-sailing! Good luck!
- Natalie is a junior in high school in California.