Hey Spartans! Finals are approaching, and this is often a stressful time of year as the semester wraps up. However, there are a few things that you can do to make studying less of a burden and to help you feel confident going into your exams. For starters, don’t cram. Cramming may seem like a good idea when you are pressed for time or have a lot of material to cover, but let’s be realistic – there’s no way you can learn everything taught over the semester in a night or two. The curve of forgetting is very real; you’ll forget 70% of what you’ve learned a day after you’ve learned it. The best way to strengthen your memory is to review notes and concepts every day after you first learn them to cement the idea into your brain. To have time to do this efficiently and successfully, it is imperative that you make a plan. That’s right; it’s time to bust out that planner that has been at the bottom of your bag for the past three months and write down what you’ll study for every class each day before finals, starting now! It’s best to start early so that you have extra time to review concepts you feel unsure about. Speaking of which, always remember to get help from teachers during flex time, or before or after school for reinforcement on more difficult things. Recognizing when you need help will aid you in success now and beyond high school. Many teachers also inform their students on the format of the exam – this can help you study the correct things, so pay attention when teachers speak about finals. While studying, try to break things up into chunks to make studying less painful. It can be hard to focus in on something for 2 hours straight, so divide your time between many days and utilize timing methods such as the Pomodoro technique. Finally, remember to eat healthy, drink lots of water, exercise, and get enough sleep before and throughout finals. Not only will this help you feel less stressed, but it will also help you keep your mind clear and ready for information overload while studying for your exams and while taking them. The home stretch is ahead, Spartans!
By Amina Waheed