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Study Tip: final exams

You have been working hard all semester, you planned out your study schedule, you finished your research papers, now it’s time to tackle any last-minute studying for final exams.  

Start by prioritizing your exams by how confident you feel about each subject.  Are there some subjects that need extra studying?  Is there a test you have to get an A on?  List your tests out with the dates they are taking place and make a plan for how much you should study for each and when you are going to do that studying. 

Don’t let life get in the way for the next two weeks—the two hour block you set for studying physics formulas should not be sacrificed for the latest Spiderman movie, no matter how excited you are about it.

There is not much time left in the semester so try to focus on practice tests and use group study sessions to see what you know and what you need to work on.  Are there old exams you can review for your cumulative final?  Also, make sure to go to all the class review sessions and ask questions about anything you are unclear on.  Sometimes professors will give hints about their finals or offer extra credit options during review sessions.

Last but not least, don’t forget to drink tons of water and stock up on healthy snacks for your study sessions and even for test day.  By staying hydrated and keeping your energy levels high you will be able to study longer and harder without becoming tired or bored.  Make sure to plan for 8 hours of sleep each night during study and testing, too.  A well-rested body and mind will help you bunches more than an exhausted one.  Good luck next week, I know you will do great!