My Greatest Tips for Finals

finals-pic Oh, great. It’s time…. Time for tears, raised stress levels, and mountains of work to do. I can’t believe my professors assigned us so many projects, papers, and then tests on top of that to study for. Yes, it’s a ton of work. Also, yes it’s completely worth it. I get to show my professors I’m actually learning their curriculum and earning a degree. At least, that’s what I think when I’m trying to be positive. Ninety nine percent of the time I’m stressed to the max, hurrying to finish my assignments on time (big tip: don’t procrastinate), and giving it my best effort. As a full-time student and a full-time working woman, I’ve compiled my best tips for maxing out every available study session so you can be successful. The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

  1. With quite a few assignments to do, my mind is always running in circles trying to figure out where to start. To fix that, I like to write out a lengthy to-do list that states what is due and when. I like to color coordinate my assignments that shows what assignment is for which class (Bio-blue, chem-green,etc).
  2. I’m super big into time management. With everything on my plate, I need to be sure I’m crossing out my tasks for school, making time for my blog, and going to work. I always have my planner with me. I write down which assignments I want to do on each day along with how much studying I need to do for each subject on each day (it all depends on my work schedule).
  3. I’ve learned this the hard way but doing all your assignments all at once is a TERRIBLE idea. Procrastination is the worst trait to have. That’s such a stressful thing to do to yourself. Usually doing all of you work the night before it’s due and doing a lot of assignments will hurt you and the quality will decrease immensely.
  4. This is kind of a “duh” tip but exercising, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated will keep your mind focused. It’s good for your health and you’ll feel good each day so you won’t need to nap when it’s time to study. My favorite water bottle is the Bubba water bottle. It keeps my water so cold for hours and holds plenty of water so you don’t have to keep refilling it every twenty minutes.
  5. Take enough breaks! Being overworked doesn’t do you any good. Taking a fifteen minute break for every forty five minutes to an hour. Idea: do some small chores to keep your productivity juices flowing. I like to do a load of laundry on my breaks or picking up my room. Something simple but quick as well.
  6. Pick out a killer playlist! Music does play a huge part. It helps to keep your mind happy and relaxed which in turn helps with memorizing information into your long-term memory. I love listening to Frank Sinatra radio because his voice is beautiful and calming.
  7. Keep your distractions away from you. Seeing your notifications will only prompt you to center your mind on that instead of what you need to study. I keep my phone charging on my bedside table while I’m working away at my desk. I use my computer only for Spotify and to do only my homework.
  8. A big thing is to focus on the stuff you don’t know. You’re wasting your time if you’re only reviewing info you already know. I always dedicate ninety percent of my time for the topics I don’t know and briefly review everything else I already know.
  9. Don’t wear uncomfortable clothes. Sweatpants or leggings with thick socks and a sweater is my go-to. I loathe doing anything in jeans much less homework. Staying comfy is one less worry you may have.
  10. Studying with a group is way more fun than by yourself. Your study partners can help you with tricks to memorize even more information and make it enjoyable. They could also teach you difficult knowledge in a way that does make sense and easily applicable to your final.

I can’t tell you how much finals kill me internally but thinking positively will help you in the long run. You have to do them anyways so why make it such a bad time? This is stuff that is getting you closer to getting that piece of paper in your hand and a good paying job. Focus on the good parts of it and it’ll go so much smoother. Let me know some of your best tips in the comments! Good luck to you guys and I’m sending out good thoughts for your exams. 🙂

xo,

H.

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