Finals can be the scariest time during anyone’s college career. However, on this day many students at MSUM struggle to get the courage to study for finals; you are not alone. Below you will find eight tips to help you get ready for finals and have a great and productive day.
Keep energy levels high
Make sure you not only get plenty of sleep the night before finals, but that you also get plenty of sleep the night before a big study day. If you did not get enough sleep last night take an hour nap. Naps will help you wake up, be focused, and stay concentrated.
This rule may not be known as well as getting enough sleep at night, but it is just as important. When you are studying try and work for 50 minutes and leave the last 10 minutes for a break or just to sit and clear your head. If this is done, it will help keep your stamina up so that you can study longer.
Make a Calendar
An organized schedule on study day is essential. If everything is laid out neatly it prevents stress and allows you to see what subjects take priority over the others for a very beneficial and relaxed study day.
Get Yourself Familiar with Test Structure
It is crucial to know what structure a final exam will be. If an exam is open-ended you may need to study more detail-oriented as opposed to a multiple choice test. Both require good amounts of studying, however by knowing what the test structure is that will allow you to make flashcards or pseudo tests for yourself in order to be as prepared as possible.
Exercise and Eat Right
Exercising and eating right are some of the best things you can do while studying because it keeps you energized, focused, and improves your ability to perform cognitive tasks.
While studying for tests is essential, relaxing also plays a big role in your performance on a test. Relaxing helps keep your stress levels low and allows you to study longer. Giving yourself a break from a long study session could consist of: watching a television show, listening to music, exercising, reading a book, or taking a nap.
Just Do It
Do not wait to study, just do it. Procrastinating is one of the worst things you could do on study day and before finals because the amount of material that you have to cover is probably what you have been learning all semester. So getting a head start on those subjects will keep you relaxed and ready to conquer finals week.
Form a Study Group
The benefits to studying in a group are that you can learn material better. “Two minds think better than one ” as the saying goes, and that is true for studying for finals. By studying in a group you are not only learning from others, but you can teach others material too. Teaching someone how to do something is a great study skill because it helps ingrain that material in your head so you will be more likely to remember it for finals.
|Regular Class Time||Exam Date||Exam Time|
|10:00 am MWF||May 5 – Thursday||9:00 am|
|1:00 pm MWF||May 5 – Thursday||11:30 am|
|3:00 pm T H||May 5 – Thursday||2:00 pm|
|9:00 am T H||May 6 – Friday||9:00 am|
|11:00 am MWF||May 6 – Friday||11:30 am|
|12:00 pm MWF||May 6 – Friday||2:00 pm|
|8:00 am MWF||May 9 – Monday||9:00 am|
|1:30 pm T H||May 9 – Monday||11:30 am|
|2:00 pm MWF||May 9 – Monday||2:00 pm|
|9:00 am MWF||May 10 – Tuesday||9:00 am|
|10:30 am T H||May 10 – Tuesday||11:30 am|
|12:00 pm T H||May 10 – Tuesday||2:00 pm|
|7:30 am T H||May 11 – Wednesday||9:00 am|
|1:30 pm MWF||May 11 – Wednesday||11:30 am|
|3:00 pm MWF||May 11 – Wednesday||2:00 pm|
Classes meeting at 4:30 pm or later will give final exams during finals week at the regularly scheduled day and class time.
Good luck and study hard!