How to Ace Your Finals

December 12, 2015

The holidays are tantalizingly just out of my reach. I can’t savor them until I jump over the hurdle of finals. There are so many good ways to procrastinate, but only one really good way to do well in finals – perseverance. Here are some tips I’ve learned (whether I practice what I preach is another matter altogether) on how to do well with finals:

  1. Work hard – Remember, it’s only for a week or two at the most. Having a plan for what you will study and when, including time for study breaks, for every day can help structure the “free” time available to us as students.
  2. Work in a group – Group study sessions are hit or miss, but I’ve found that studying with friends, even if we are studying for different finals still helps. The psychological effect of seeing someone studying next to me motivates me to keep studying.
  3. Work out – though I often skip exercising when I’m stressed out, I find that I study better when I have worked out. Working out helps you stay mentally alert and circulates the blood pooling at your feet from all the sitting and studying.

Sometimes a bad final happens – that’s the time to shake it off and move on to the next! If the disappointment goes deep, work through it and eventually shake it out of your system.

Published on December 12th, 2015

Last updated on August 29th, 2017