Studying for finals should be first on to-do lists

By Flora Ketchum

Comment Staff

Studying for finals can be so stressful that many students put it off until the last minute, and then they suffer. Photo by BSU Outreach Education, used under Creative Commons license.
Studying for finals can be so stressful that many students put it off until the last minute, and then they suffer. Photo by BSU Outreach Education, used under Creative Commons license.

With finals right around the corner, some may wonder, “Is it worth it to cram last minute for exams?” My advice and my opinion to you is no.

If you don’t already know the material you are certainly not going to learn it the day or night before.

Cramming last minute is just going to stress you out mentally and physically. Physical and mental stress is going to be caused by lack of sleep, along with all of the material that you are trying to learn.

It’s a little late in the semester for this advice, but I would start taking all of the information you need to know, and start studying today. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Reference the papers you have written all semester as well as all of the quizzes, exams and other assignments.

Some professors might hand out an exam outline. Try to get your mitts on that sucker as soon as possible.

Then do yourself a favor and make yourself a block schedule of half-hour studying intervals. Studying a half-hour or hour at a time is going to help you stay more focused and retain more information.

Don’t stay up until 4 a.m. before the exam, chugging coffee. This is only going to make you overtired as well as making you unable to remember the stuff you actually do know.

Along with trying not to cram, make sure you set yourself up away from distractions. If this means setting up shop on the top floor of the library, then do so. Making sure you have an undistracted study space is going to also help you make up for a little bit of missed material.

Also, don’t be afraid of the buddy system. If you feel like there is someone you can study with, then definitely take advantage of that. Some of your friends might be terrible to study with, so keep an eye out for that. Find someone who might need help on the areas you know, and vice versa.

Overall, make sure you get plenty of sleep, don’t forget to eat, and make sure you take breaks in-between studying. Also, focus on the items you know you need help with and try not to revisit the information you already know.

Final exams are going to be final exams and studying should not be left until the last possible minute.

 

Flora Ketchum is an Opinion writer for The Comment. Email her at fketchum@student.bridgew.edu.

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