As you approach the finish line of the semester, a little preparation will go along way!

Study Mode

  • Set priorities. Focus on being a student for the next week. Do your best to prioritize other responsibilities that may interfere with study time. 
  • Make wise decisions. If you’re trying to decide whether to go out with friends or study, consider the long-term effect of your decision.
  • Set realistic goals. Tell yourself, “I will study for two hours a day.” It is more productive than making an attempt to memorize everything you learned. 
  • Take care of yourself. Reduce stress and stay healthy.  Sleep 7-9 hours a night, eat meals regularly, and exercise regularly or walk everywhere you can.
  • Practice positive thinking. Incorporate optimistic thinking as a daily routine.  Remind yourself of all the hard work you’ve done this semester.  You know the material!

During Finals Week

  • Get a good night’s sleep! Do your best to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night during finals week.  Pulling an all-nighter will leave you feel fatigued during the test, making it more difficult to concentrate.
  • Eat a good breakfast. Use caffeine and sugar moderately. One cup of coffee just before a test can help stimulate your brain. This works only if you did not drink 5 cups of coffee earlier in the day. 
  • Clear your mind.  Avoid last minute stress by looking at your notes right before the exam.  It is natural for your mind to go blank and to feel some anxiety just before an exam. A little anxiety actually improves performance!
  • Reward yourself for a job well done. Plan in advance how you can reward yourself for working hard and completing another semester.  Celebrate your accomplishments. 



What’s your best study tip for finals?