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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.