6 Tips for Studying for Winter Finals

Finals week is quickly creeping up on students, and it will be here before many know it. As of the week of Dec. 2, finals week is in two weeks. Periods 1, 5 and 6 will be on Tuesday, Dec. 17. periods 3 and 7 will on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and periods 2 and 4 will be on Thursday, Dec. 19. 

 

Finals week can be a stressful time for many students, and some may lose track of their study habits. It is important to remember to stay on task while studying and to take time to have fun and spend time with friends and family. Here are a few helpful tips to take into consideration as students prepare and study for finals week.

 

  1. ORGANIZE A STUDY SCHEDULE

When students have a planned-out schedule, they grasp information more thoroughly and balance out time to study for each subject. Students can be more focused on their studies as keeping a schedule provides a sense of achievement as they finish each task on the list. A sufficient amount of time for each study session is an hour, according to ThoughtCo. Study schedules create positive study habits by creating a daily routine as well. 

 

  1. STUDY MORE THAN THE STUDY GUIDE

Many teachers hand out study guides; however, study guides should not be the only thing studied as they only highlight main ideas. Tests usually include extra information that many tend to overlook. Rather than just focusing on the study guide, use it as a directory to look into additional details about a topic. For example, if one question on a study guide discusses Mars, go back and review the gravity on Mars or the terrain. Studying different planets to look for similarities to Mars could also be beneficial. The study guide is just a template for the information one should be confident with when going into finals. 

 

  1. PRIORITIZE HARDER CLASSES

If one class involves more difficult and complex information than other classes, it’s more advantageous to study for that class. Creating more time to study for harder classes is crucial in managing one’s time wisely. However, it is important to at least look over the information for other classes to feel more prepared in all classes.  

 

  1. DON’T PROCRASTINATE

Holding off studying until the last minute is not the best idea for finals. Cramming all the information in one night can make one feel stressed and overwhelmed, especially when the material is difficult to understand. Spending time wisely while studying for classes is a vital aspect to success these next few weeks. A study done by StudyMode showed that approximately 86% of 1,300 surveyed high schoolers procrastinated. It’s important to have time to relax and have fun, but it is just as crucial to get work done in a timely manner. 

 

  1. GET HELP FROM TEACHERS

Teachers can give essential information about how to prepare for the test. If a student ever has trouble understanding a concept or needs additional explanations, they shouldn’t be afraid to ask teachers questions. Teachers will be happy to help no matter what the question is. Asking teachers about a subject will only result in a positive outcome, so take advantage of this privilege.

 

  1. CREATE THE RIGHT STUDYING ENVIRONMENT 

Studying in an environment that one feels comfortable in is extremely important to the studying process. Find a quiet place and get a warm drink, and studying will be much more enjoyable. Because it is so cold outside this season, reviewing for finals in an environment that is cozy and mellow is a great way to escape the freezing temperatures and get crucial studying in. On the contrary, one may feel more comfortable in a place that is loud and bustling instead of quiet and homely. If this is the case, he or she should find a place that is perfect for them to study in. This may be a quiet library or a crowded coffee shop. Finding a place that fits one’s needs is valued when studying.