Preparing for finals is obviously not something we want to do, but it is definitely something we have to do. This time of the semester can be very stressful for students due to the fact a lot of us procrastinate when it comes to studying and final exams can make or break your grade. The key thing to remember when it comes preparing for finals is the realization there is not one set way to study. A lot of people get caught up in looking at study tutorials online and trying to follow the same study habits as their friends but the truth of the matter is there is no set way to study. The best thing to do is to find what works for you and do it. For some people, making flash cards helps. For others, repetition and writing things down works and music works for some people, also. Find what works for YOU and continue to do things that way.

Also, for most people, cramming everything in days before your exam does not work. Not only does it put a lot of pressure on your brain, but it also takes away from the other things you need to be successful when it comes to finals such as sleep and food. So many students spend hours in the library, pulling all nighters and staying awake for days before exams, personally I think that can be very dangerous. Your body needs sleep and without it you are not as alert and are not able to function properly. All of us know the importance of getting good grades on your final exams. For a lot of people, these tests are the deal breakers between letter grades and passing classes. It is understandable that we want to succeed during this time, but what I assure you is that your body needs the proper amount of sleep and nutrition and without it you can become very sick. You can also oversleep and miss an important event in your life, so please keep in mind during this time that sleep is ESSENTIAL.

With that being said, I recommend that you start to prepare for your finals at least 3 weeks to a month before the final. I am aware that might not be practical for some due to jobs and other activities, but the sooner you make time to study, the better the outcome will be. Something I have also found helpful in the past is to study with a group of people. Studying with a group of people gives you the advantage of having multiple perspectives of one situation, and it also allows you to get feedback from your peers regarding the classes that you are in. For me, I have learned that studying with people helps because I have much less of a chance to fall asleep. Like I said earlier, not everything works for everyone, but I would keep the studying in groups option in mind. Only you can determine what works for you, so find your ideal studying habits, focus on what is important, get some sleep, stay hydrated and STAY CALM. If you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything, may your final exams be forever in your favor!

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