Top Strategies for Studying for Final Exams: Straight From Students

Finals are quickly approaching and students are studying ferociously, trying to make everything stick in time for testing. It can be the most stressful time of the year. Read what some of our readers had to say about studying.

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Everyone studies differently, but it's always helpful to hear some new ideas that you hadn't thought of that just might help make things easier. Our Facebook fans let us in on their secret, 'What is your #1 study tip for finals?'


Pace Yourself

Seems obvious right? You would be amazed how much more your brain can retain by taking small breaks every so often to help you stay focused.

'Set small goals that you can easily reach so you don't get frustrated early on.' -Stacy R.

'Treat it like a set of long stairs. Take each step at a steady pace and when you need a break, look back and keep in mind where you want to go.' -Greg O.

'Study hard but don't stress yourself out. Break your study time into parts; your brain can only handle up to 30 minutes of information at a time.' -Lea Ann C.

'Pace yourself, and don't save it to the last minute.' -Nayva M.

'Don't stress yourself out. You've been learning this stuff all semester so it's basically a review. High stress is counter-productive to success.' --Donny M.

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Sleep and Soda

It seems everyone already knows that the pillar to good testing is food and sleep. It really can't be stressed enough how important lots of sleep and nourishing food (and maybe a little bit of soda) are to help your brain give its best performance.

'Get plenty of sleep the night of and eat something that will keep you awake.' --Angelica Y.

'Focus on your goal and have enough soda.' -Maria M.

'Get lots of sleep! Eat a good breakfast and think positive.' -Lee Ann C.

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Partner Up

Choosing the right person to study with is the key to partnering up. Pick the wrong partner, and you could spend more time socializing and not studying, but the right person can making studying easier to tolerate.

'Find someone to study with from class.' --Megan Bolton

'It's always easier to study with someone else. A friend helps make time go faster, and you can quiz each other along the way.' -Lia F.

Get Rid of Distractions

The radio, the computer, Facebook….we all know how distracting they can be. Turning them off is the only way to avoid the distraction.

'Stay off Facebook!' --Kara M.

'Go to a study corner that's clean and free of distractions and clutter. Tell everyone that you will be studying and do not disturb you.' -Vani M.

Thankfully finals only happen a few times a year. It can feel like a marathon to get to the end of the semester, but the end often feels like a sprint. Remember to take everything in stride so that you can give it your all. Good luck!

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