It’s about that time of year again! Yes, I know most of us dread finals, but they don’t have to be just that bad! With the right studying strategies, you can save yourself at least some of the worry.
My first step to studying for finals is highlighting! Get out your notebook with all your textbook and class notes. As you go through all of these, make sure to highlight anything that is important. If the professor talked about the concept a lot or if it is on a study guide–you’re going to want to remember that! I also make sure to highlight any concepts that I really don’t know well. This way, I’ll be sure to focus on learning them better while studying. Now as you study, you can flip through your notes and focus on the most important parts!
I come up with so many memory tricks when studying! These really help a lot when you’re cramming a semester’s worth of material. Mnemonic devices are really good because as long as you can remember the letters, it should be helpful! An example of a mnemonic device is ROY G. BIV for the colors of the rainbow. I also try to use associations when I can. This could include associating a concept you learned in one class with something similar in another class to give yourself a better understanding. Lastly, coming up with stories can also be beneficial for your finals. For example, if you are trying to memorize a theory in Psychology, you could make up a story about a person and how that theory affects them throughout a day or their life.
This one is ESSENTIAL. All that studying for finals will make you hungry. Fueling your body is important to stay focused as well. Sometimes after a lot of studying, we may be craving junk food, but I can definitely say that you will feel so much better if you stick to the healthier options! Fresh fruits are always good because they give you that sugar boost, while still being natural. Personally, I love to have an apple or banana with some peanut butter!