Hi friends! I hope you are a having a relaxing Sunday! Although my Sunday has been productive, I wouldn’t say that it is relaxing. As Winter Break quickly approaches, so does Final Exams. I had a few requests to write a post on how to study for, prepare, and just generally not stress over finals.
1. Plan out what you will need to study
One of the hardest parts about studying for big tests, especially finals, is that you are sometimes missing notes, worksheets, or handouts that you need to study. The best way to avoid this is to look at your study guide and go through homework, notes, and worksheets, so that you will have all the materials you need to study. I will write down all of the materials I need and check off if I have them. If I don’t, then I need to check on my school’s website, ask a friend, email the teacher, or ask the teacher during class. Here is an example of my AP United States History sheet with all the resources I need.
2. Find a way to study that works for you
Something that my parents love to tell me is that I need to study SMARTER, not HARDER. Once you find a way of studying that works for you, don’t waste your time doing something else. I personally find that I remember information the most by rewriting notes, studying in small groups, and watching educational videos like Crash course. I used to spend hours making Quigley sets in hopes that I would use them to study, but I would forget that I had made the sets and never study them! Now I just write them on notecards and study them whenever I have time, which is a lot more helpful.
3. Set breaks for yourself
It is so so so important that you allow yourself times to rest while you are studying. One of the worst things that you can do is try and finish a packet in 3 hours with now breaks, because you will inevitably get distracted and bored. I try and work for an hour and then take a 15 minute break.
Good luck on you final exams!