Finals Week Study Tips

As finals week is creeping up on us, I figured I would share some study tips. First of all, you should start studying a few weeks before your final exam. Set aside time to study and actually commit to it. Do not put it off and then pull an all-nighter before your final. Trying to cram the night before isn’t very helpful and it will exhaust you.  

If you need help remembering things from class, make flashcards or a Quizlet. If you work well with a friend, try to study with someone from your class and quiz each other. You should use the study guide your professor gives you. If they don’t give your class one, ask for one. If they won’t give you one, ask what types of questions will be on the exam and study the course material so that you can be adequately prepared.  

Studying is not all you should be doing. You should also be meeting your body’s needs to help you stay focused and energized. Sleep! Energy drinks are not a replacement for sleep. Your brain retains more information when awake and alert and are getting around 8 hours of sleep. Drink water! Yes, coffee, tea, and Red Bulls may have water in them, but you should have at least 8 cups, 64 ounces of water a day. Studies show that even mild dehydration can impair energy levels, impair mood, and lead to major reductions in memory and brain performance. Eat! Eating foods that have protein, antioxidants, omega-3s, dietary cholesterol, monounsaturated fats, and moderate amounts of caffeine can help you remember, improve your mood, and stay more focused.  

If you are easily distracted or have a hard time studying in your room, go somewhere like the library. If you have not already, you can read my article “Best Places to Study on Campus.” It has information like where computers and printers are located on campus and how to make an appointment with the LEAD center (Learning, Enrichment & Academic Development Center). Good luck with finals and have a good summer break!