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Studying for Finals Guide

Finals are just around the corner! Let’s be honest, finding the motivation to study ahead with what’s been going on this past year is difficult. So we decided to put together this guide to help you pass your finals. Afterward, you can enjoy a cold beverage near the pool to start off your summer.  

Start Today!

The earlier you start the better. There are many studies done that show students can better retain information when studying daily versus cramming. Do yourself a favor and dedicate at least an hour of studying each day. If you don’t have the motivation, you can try the 10-minute rule. Work for 10 minutes, and if you don’t feel like working, then stop. Most of the time, you’ll get in the flow and keep working after the 10 minutes. 

Focus on the Hard Stuff

This is quite obvious but often we avoid what’s most difficult for us. Focus your time and energy on exams you think you’ll do worse on. For example, if you struggle with chemistry, then dedicate more of your time to studying chemistry. That way you’re being efficient with your time. 

Stop Highlighting

Highlighting is a waste of time. Yes, it looks pretty but you actually don’t end up retaining the information. Use active recall methods instead which are proven to be effective for studying. My favorite is the Feynman Technique. Study a concept, then pretend as if you were teaching a child what you just learned. If you can’t explain it, then you need to go back and study more. 

Find a Study Buddy

Finding a study buddy is a great way to keep yourself motivated through finals. You also keep yourselves accountable in case one of you decides to cancel on studying. Make sure to find someone you are compatible with and who can give you feedback on your notes. Ideally you both should be studying the same course. 

Take Breaks!

Make sure to take plenty of breaks. It’s best to study in 20-30 minute intervals and then take a 5-minute break. During the 20-30 minutes, avoid social media and conversations as it interrupts your focus. You’ll be much more efficient if you keep your focus. This is also known as deep work or flow which you can read more into. 

Well, that’s the end of this guide. Exams are stressful and we hope this guide will help you get through your finals. Study hard, drink water and take breaks. Afterward, give yourself a pat on the back for getting through another semester!

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