Study tips for finals

Rachel Schneidereit, Editor in Chief

   With semester exams around the corner, it’s time to prepare.  Kick your procrastination to the curb and follow these study tips to ace your tests.

  1. Organize your study space

Before you start studying for finals it’s essential to have the perfect environment. I’m sure everyone has heard the saying that a cluttered room is a cluttered mind, so take the time to clean and prepare your study area.  Studying in your bed is not recommended, as you are more likely to fall asleep or get distracted. To ensure your mind is in the right state, sit at a desk or table with all of your supplies laid out in a quiet area with minimal distractions.

  1. Stay well rested

Getting enough sleep is key for preparing your mind. Make sure you’re well rested to improve your focus for studying and taking your exams.

  1. Make it fun

Studying for finals doesn’t have to consist of textbook readings and going over notes. Throw in some highlighters, flashcards, stickers and acronyms to make the way you study a little more interesting. You’re more likely to dedicate the time to studying if you find a way to let your creative side thrive while reviewing four months of content.

  1. Teach it

One great way to test your knowledge and understanding of a topic is being able to teach it. Grab a friend, family member, your pet or even an inanimate object and teach the concepts you’re expected to know. This is a great way to reinforce what you’ve learned and solidify it into your memory.

  1. Color Code

This tip goes along with making your study time fun. Color code your notes and study guides using highlighters and pens. Assign each topic a color to help yourself focus on the most important material.  

  1. Re-Write Notes

One way to drill key concepts and vocabulary into your brain is by rewriting it. Take time to read through a page of notes and rewrite it again, to get additional interaction with the essential information.