Can you believe it? The school year is almost over. But the key word here is almost. While it’s probably fair to say that you’ve put in a ton of blood, sweat, and tears into your work this year, there’s still just a little more to conquer: those pesky final exams. To make sure you finish strong, heed the following:
- Do sweat the small stuff. Contrary to popular belief, sometimes paying extra attention to the little things actually makes a big difference. With that in mind, don’t get worked up over the big details, like re-reading the textbook or combing meticulously through every single note you ever took for every class ever. Instead, focus your studies on the specific things you don’t understand yet.
- Don’t cram the night before. While it’s a little late to spread out your studying, don’t make the mistake of staying up late, slamming coffees, studying non-stop to morning. That’ll zap your energy, your memory, your focus, et cetera–and you’re likely to do worse on a test for it.
- Ask for help. There’s no shame in asking your professors for a little help. In fact, doing so will only get you some bonus points, as they’ll see that you’re putting the effort into their class. Put in the extra elbow grease by attending office hours once or twice, just to make sure you clear up any class material that still seems a little fuzzy. Also talk with other students in the class, or friends who’ve taken the class before. They might understand something you’re struggling with.
- Close the blinds. Spring is here, and that means beautiful weather is right outside your window. That makes it kind of hard to sit in the library. There are chirping birds, a big sun, and a score of kids lounging on the grass. To ensure a top grade, set aside just a little time each day where you’ll forget that nature even exists (say, an hour or so). Then, when that hour passes, feel free to enjoy the outdoors as much as you want.
- Get some sleep. No matter how much studying you do, you’ll sabotage yourself if you don’t get some quality shuteye before your big exam. Remember that.