Final exams only last for a week or two but when you’re going through them it can seem like a real marathon. Maybe it just seems that way since it’s the end of a long semester, but mainly because there’s so much riding on the outcome. They can magnify the pressure that you have been feeling all semester long, and that makes them seem as if they take a lot longer.
There ways of surviving final exams, and some of them are best done before that dreaded time hits.
Start Review Study Right Now – Cramming is Way Over-rated
Some university students give into the bad habit of cramming. That often seems as if it’s the default setting, especially if you have no other plans. But very few students can pull off cramming successfully, and if you’re one of the majority who can’t, you need a better strategy.
Related: Carving Out More Time to Study
Start doing review study right now. That means organizing and reviewing your notes, and highlighting any areas where you feel especially weak. If you do this in advance, you will have time to clarify areas of confusion and to master areas that you feel uncomfortable with.
If you implement this strategy early enough in the semester, you may find that you only have to spend an hour or two each week reviewing. The advantage is obvious – by beginning review early, you add repetition to the mix, and that reinforces the learning process. By the time final exams hit, you’ll be well prepared and under a lot less stress.Continue Reading