College is no walk in the park. It is a difficult commitment that many students struggle to stay on top of. If you are anything like I was when I first started, you may have more than a few questions about how to prepare for and ace those final exams that are lurking right around the corner. As a sophomore, I picked up a few tricks throughout my college career and would like to share some key tips with you that will make your last few weeks of the semester run smoothly:

1) Take advantage of your notes

No matter which way you took notes throughout the semester – digital or handwritten – going over them is a crucial aspect of successfully studying for finals. When going through your notes, take a highlighter to highlight the most important parts of the lectures. This really helps to focus in on what you need to study going into an exam.

2) Get a study group together

Group study sessions can be beneficial. While it can be intimidating to approach your classmates and ask to study with them, most people are more than willing to do so. Once you have established your group, be sure to meet regularly leading up to the exam. I suggest mixing up the location of your meetings to add to the “fun.” Some great places to study are at local coffee shops, a park near campus, or simply in the library. As long as you are being productive, though, it does not really matter where this takes place.

3) Keep your music choices simple

I know, everyone has their favorite music genres, but try to stay away from overly complicated music such as pop and rap. It has been proven that classical music is less distracting and can help you remember more effectively. Plus, it is a great way to calm those pre-exam nerves.

4) Remember to take breaks

It can be tempting – especially when you are stressed – to not take breaks. But these breaks actually provide ample opportunity for your brain to rest itself and digest through all the information. It is crucial to know your limits and not overwork your brain when studying for finals.

5) Do not forget to sleep

Many students have this idea that pulling an all-nighter the night before an exam is the way to study. Quite the contrary is true, however. Giving yourself an adequate amount of sleep will ensure that your brain is functioning fully and ready to conquer your final.

6) Believe in yourself

No matter what method you study with, be confident. You worked all semester and, at the end of the day, this final will not make or break your life. Take a deep breath, and know that you can do this.

Hannah C
FFL Contributor
Nearly, everything she does is unplanned from deciding to play rugby to tattoos, not sure why she even has a planner. She's lived all over the world from Sydney, Australia to Chester, England (and her favorite Wichita, Kansas), but settled in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Do not engage if coffee is not in her hands.

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