1. Write down your schedule.
NOTHING is worse than showing up to your final at the wrong time, or being in the wrong room for your test! Be sure to ask your professor when and where your test is in advance of finals week.
Look ahead at your schedule and decide which tests you will need to study for the most. Which test is first? Which presentation will take you longest to prepare for? Ask yourself these questions as you prepare for finals!
3. Sleep (Night or Day)
Sleep is essential for brain power! However, finals week is a time when lots of people are forced to pull all-nighters. If this happens to be you, make sure you block out some time the next day to get some rest. If you don’t have to stay up all night, you are in luck! Get some good rest wherever possible.
4. Ask for help!
Here at Briar Cliff, everyone wants the best for you! Do not be afraid to email your professors to ask questions. There are also other resources you can use! Course mentors, the writing center, and Academic Peer Mentors are all great places to get advice and prepare yourself for finals.
5. Break work into sections.
Set small study goals for yourself. Instead of cramming your studying into a twelve hour mega study session, study throughout a couple days in smaller 1 hour chunks. This will help you remember the material better, and allow you time to give your brain a break!
6. Find a good place to study.
Everyone has their own preferences about where they like to study. Do you need complete silence? Go to the library basement! Do you like to have a little background noise? Try the library main floor, the atrium, or the lounge in your dorm! It is not recommended that you study in a loud area or a near a TV that is playing your favorite movie. Find a place that will help you focus best!
7. Eat healthy.
Eating healthy will help keep your brain powerful at this stressful time! Go to the Café and eat some grains, fruits, and vegetables. Try to cut out some of the fried food and give your body some good, clean energy. This also applies to beverages! Avoid drinking sugary drinks that will only lead to a crash after their energy boost wears off.
8. Quiz yourself!
Simply reading information over and over will not help you learn the material you need to in a short time. Instead, read the information once or twice, then create flashcards or your own study guide to quiz yourself from. This will help you know if you really have the information learned. This is also a great way to study with partner or small group of people!
9. Stay confident.
One of the first keys to doing well on a final is believing in yourself! Having a positive attitude about your test will help you to do your best and study hard. Remember that doing well on this test brings you one step closer to your ultimate goal of getting your degree!
10. Reward yourself.
Give yourself some motivation to finish your studying! Once you accomplish your goals for the study session, take a little break! Watch an episode of your favorite show, go to Java City and get a snack. This short break and reward will give you the motivation to get through another round of studying!