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Guide to Efficiently Preparing and Studying for Finals

As a college student, you have a lot on your mind. From course work, to studying, to paying your bills and finding time to relax, being a student is a job in itself. The balance between school and a social life is a difficult one, but it is doable. It takes a special kind of person to handle the stresses of college, studying in particular. While test-taking is a challenge for some, finding the time to study and do so properly is an even bigger challenge. Fortunately, there are a number of ways a college student can prepare themselves for a test and their all-important finals.

From test prep courses, to online study guides, to meetings with professors and classmates alike, there are a number of ways you can study for a final exam. Perhaps the most important part of studying for an exam is taking care of yourself. A well-balanced diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins keep your brain functioning at its best. You should also participate in some kind of physical activity on a daily basis. Whether you start your day with exercise or use it to break up the time you spend studying, being physically active is an important part of being healthy and keeping your brain at peak functionality. Moreover, sleep is an important component of test prep for college students. While you are not taking information in during sleep, your brain requires rest! A lack of sleep can do more harm than good, especially when it comes to taking final exams.

When you do begin studying, make sure you remove any distractions. Keep your phone in another room on silent to avoid being distracted by text messages or social media notifications. Make sure your television is off. If music helps you to stay focused, you should keep it on, but at a very low volume. If it is too loud, it could divert your attention from the task at hand.

The Best Ways to Prepare for Final Exams
This article discusses the eight best methods students can use to study for exams, backed and proven by research and science. Methods include taking practice tests, eating the right foods, and avoiding cram sessions.

Making and Using Study Guides – Aids To Preparing For An Exam (PDF) This resource explains the best ways to organize your notes from class in a way that makes studying easy and effective. Examples of study routines include index cards, concept maps, looking over old exams, and summary sheets.

How to Prepare for an Essay Exam
A guide to studying that includes specific recommendations on how to study for exams that require you write an essay.

Exam Preparation Tips
This article has tips on the most common and effective ways of studying for exams, including multiple choice, essay, open-book, and take-home exams.

The Top 10 Exam Study Tips
The skills and tips in this article will help a student with their test prep, as well as tips on how to actually take an exam.

How to Concentrate When You Study
This guide to concentration includes study tips on how to create a good environment to study in and how to focus your mind when you review for an exam.

Tips to Study Effectively
This article explains different ways to train your brain to take information based on the way you learn best. It includes study methods for visual, auditory, and haptic learners.

Tips on How to Study for Your Final Exams (PDF)
This study guide includes the best methods for retaining information, as well as ways you can beat the stresses that come along with studying for tests.

Expert Tips to Prepare for Exams
Finals can be a stressful time for college students, but professional counselors offer their best studying advice in this article.

Study Tips for the Week of an Exam
This guide contains daily activities for every day of the week that will help you bust through procrastination and study hard to pass an exam.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Study Time
In this video series, the best time management skills for studying are discussed.

Basic Study Techniques
This resource discusses the SQR4 (Survey, Question, Research, Recite, Read and Review) method of studying for exams.

General Tips for Reviewing Mathematics
A basic guide to studying for math exams that includes tips for reviewing notes, questioning professors, and creating an organized plan to prepare for test day.

Test-Taking Strategies
A very informative article, this resource includes tips for before, during, and after you take your test or final.

By Scott Shrum

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