Finals week is coming up and we college students are so looking forward to it ... being over! If it were up to me, I'd rather just skip exams and fast forward to summer! Of course that isn't possible and I do want the good grades in order to graduate. It's just exhausting to even think about finals week because it pretty much involves only studying and test-taking!
Despite dreadful upcoming week; however, I do have a few tips on how to stay focused in order to get the lucky high score. Here is a list of my top ten ways to not procrastinate during finals week!
1.) Say a quick prayer
The power of prayer fixes everything. With Jesus by your side, you're guaranteed to ace your exams!
2.) Give yourself a pep talk
Building positive self-talk can encourage and motivate yourself to do the best you can on your exams. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve in whatever you put your mind to. Even watching a TED Talk can help empower your mindset!
3.) Work on & finish the hardest assignments first
If you have any big projects for your final such as a PowerPoint presentation or paper, it would be helpful and more relieving to get that out of the way. Then, you can focus on studying hard for those exams!
4.) Turn off all distractions
You heard me, Snapchat and Twitter won't make your study sessions any more entertaining! If you really want to get good grades and pass your classes, you should consider putting anything that may distract you out of your sight.
5.) Use audio voice to read aloud
Sometimes using an audio voice helps me study better and understand what I'm learning. I am able to hear the words more clearly outside my head rather than inside. Read & Write Gold is super helpful for this kind of stuff.
6.) Make flashcards and highlight keywords
Going over important notes to remember is a big benefit, I know it's helped me frequently for past exams. Thank the Lord that Office Max has plenty of flashcards to make it through finals week!
7.) Shorten your breaks for 10-15 minutes
Thirty minute breaks can easily turn into hour-long breaks which then can turn into two-hour long breaks and so on. You get the point, the numbers just get higher. I would suggest trying to limit your breaks for ten to fifteen minutes, that way you can stay focused on studying but also take time to relax.
8.) Study with a friend
Studying with a friend or study groups can be such a huge benefit and can help you understand the topic of what you're studying in a better way. Plus, it gives you an excuse to make time to socialize!
9.) Stay healthy both mentally and physically while studying
It's so important for your mind and body to stay active. Finals weeks can be a big stress factor, which can affect both your mental and physical health in negative ways. Make sure you make time to meditate and get enough to eat, drink, sleep and exercise. Self-care comes first!
10.) Motivate yourself by promising a reward once finals week is over
Nothing motivates you to get something done more than when you know you're going to get a big treat in the aftermath. Tell yo self that you're going to treat yo self when you're finished with your last exam! It's like finishing a workout and rewarding yourself with Chipotle. Say that you're going to get yourself Chipotle or something else special when finals week is over at last. Cheers to summer break!