These tips are just the things I did to study for my finals this year. Hopefully they’ll help you get good grades without wanting to throw yourself off a cliff.
Tip 1: (which probably won’t be very helpful right now, but maybe next semester).
Make sure that all throughout the semester you do your very best in every assignment and in class, and that you’ve taken good notes. That way, studying for finals won’t be that hard and you’ll be much more relaxed because the grade you get in this exam won’t make a drastic change in your average grade.
DO NOT study in bed. Study in a desk where you can have everything you need close to you. Before sitting down, make sure you have all the textbooks, notes and equipment you need. It’s also a good idea to have a glass of water and something to eat (fruit, nuts, etc). Unless you really need your laptop, then don’t use it. If you will use it, then you can block websites that will distract you for a certain amount of time.
Make a list with all the things you need to do, set goals for yourself. Then decide how much time you’ll spend in each task. For example, I’ve got to learn the 4 erosion processes and the 4 processes of fluvial transportation. I’ll spend 30 minutes in each with a 5 minute break between them.
Make a calendar with all of your exam dates so you know when you should start studying. I start doing summaries and notes 3 weeks before, and read them everyday before I go to bed.
Note taking and summaries. How do I know what to include and what to omit? Include all of the main ideas and don’t introduce anything new. Make sure that they are written in your own words and not in the textbook’s words. Use post its for little reminders (word definitions maybe?) and different coloured pens. I suggest you to write notes by hand, apparently you’ll remember them that way.
Use acronyms too. That way you can remember lots of things in one word. For example, for the 4 erosion processes, I’d use HAAS (hydraulic action, abrasion, attrition and solution.) The word HAAS will instantly remind me of the other 4 words.
Flashcards. Flashcards are great for learning new languages and maths. You can write word definitions and for maths you can write formulas and such. You have to learn the formulas and then you apply them to problems.
Find a friend that is interested in getting good grades and study with them. When you study with another person, it’s easier to remember the information because you’re having a conversation (or something like that). If you don’t want to study with a friend because you’ll get distracted, then read a paragraph and then explain it out loud to yourself.
Finally, if you like music, I suggest instrumental songs because they won’t distract you. Also, try to space your study sessions because that way it’ll stay in your long term memory. YOU NEED GOOD SLEEP AND BREAKFAST BEFORE AND EXAM.
Try to avoid using your computer on breaks. Instead, clean your room or work out or pet a cat.
here’s the calming cat, for whenever you’re feeling stressed.