You are a student and, therefore, you’ve been sentenced to a week of finals. This Underworld of the educational system has been leaving students panicked and fatigued for the longest of time. It’s hard to picture a student thinking about this crucial moment of the year without feeling the urge to rip their own hair out. Fortunately, there are some ways to lessen the impact. With just a few basic tips and tricks, you can make the finals season more bearable, and you may go through it and actually live to tell the tale. Here are 7 Tips To Stay Calm During Finals Season. May the odds be ever in your favor.
#1 Schedule & Organize
This is a vital step to follow. Most of the stress and panic of finals week strive from the fact that you’re feeling like time is rapidly draining and you haven’t amassed enough knowledge yet. Sit down and create a study plan. Distribute the chapters you wish to revise throughout the week (or weeks depending on how early you wish to start). This way, you’ll be certain that you’ll have time to run everything over at least once. But keep in mind that there is no way this will ever work unless you religiously follow the plan and avoid procrastination.
#2 Silence Your Social Media
Not just your social media, silence all ties with the Internet unless you need it for studying purposes. This isn’t just because they can distract you, but because the more you think about all the other fun things you could be doing instead, the harder it will be to focus and actually invest effort in your studying. Ignorance can often be the key to happiness, and this instance is no exception. You can get in touch with your friends later when you have the time to spend some time with them.
#3 Goals & Rewards
Trade stress and panic for sheer motivation and fiery determination by keeping your eyes on the prize. Think of what benefits a high grade could give you. Maybe there’s a scholarship involved or it’s an important addition to your portfolio. Either way, by making studying less of a chore and more of a means to an end (an end filled with rewards too), you’ll begin seeing it in a different perspective. Your determination will overshadow the feeling of helplessness. Alternatively, think of some small rewards you can attribute to yourself after each successful studying session.
#4 Start in Time
This step is at obvious as it is difficult to complete. Another reason why students would rather lie numbly on the floor for hours than study is because everything is all crammed up in a short span of time. You can easily avoid this if you start studying early. Not only will you likely have the time to revise the information more than once, but through constant repetition you’ll start feeling more confident. We know it’s tough to decline your friends when they ask you to hang out, but in the long run, it will all be worth it.
#5 Compress the Information
Chances are you won’t be needing all of the information you have at your disposal. Not everyone is capable of doing this, but if you know how to select the vital information out of blocks of text, then you should absolutely do it. Use highlighters to color code the pieces that you consider to be the most important or the most difficult to memorize. Try to resume paragraphs in one sentence.
Mechanic studying is the greatest enemy of a student. Memorizing copious amounts of information without understanding it will do more harm than good. Before jumping straight into the memorizing part, try to simply read the information and understand its essence. It also helps if you try to find the main idea behind every page or chapter, like suggested before. Once you understand it, you’ll be able to learn and memorize without having to remember word-for-word.
#7 Sleep Well
We all know how it’s a consensus among students to pull all-nighters and live for a couple of weeks off gallons of coffee alone, but, realistically, that’s no help at all. The next day you will be really tired, which in turn is going to sabotage your study session scheduled then. This imbalance in the studying plan might persist further and, well, chaos will ensure. As tempting as it is, avoid staying up all night to study. You might be saving some time during the daytime, but the long-term benefits are scarce. In fact, information memorized at night tends to be more easily lost afterward.