Its that time of year when everyone in school is stressing about finals. Whether you need as 56% to keep a passing grade or a 120%, here are some helpful study tips to get you through the week and help you succeed.
Cut Out All Your Friends When You Need to Get Actual Work Done
Being social is very important during finals week so you can keep stress down, but if you're spending all your time with your friends it'll show in your poor grades. If you really need to buckle down and get an essay written or a textbook read, its best to ditch your friends and sit in a corner by yourself. If you insist on not being alone, make sure you're with friends that are just as devoted to studying as you are, or else you'll just end up distracting each other.
Change Your Environment
Don't just stay in your room or the same exact table in the library. Go somewhere else that's nearby and conducive to studying. Try a different floor of the library, or a different part of it. Go to another room in your house, or if there's a park nearby and its warm enough, take a walk and study there. Changing up your environment will keep things exciting.
Create a Rewards System You're Actually Excited About
Everyone knows the best motivator is some type of reward, whether that be candy, listening to your favorite song, a short YouTube video or getting up to stretch. Set a goal and have a reward in mind, it could be 25 minutes of studying and you get to relax for 5 minutes, or if you read a chapter you get a piece of candy. Get creative with it and you'll find yourself powering through your next study session.
Be in Comfy Pants
NO JEANS. I mean it! Wear sweatpants, leggings, pajama bottoms, anything but jeans.
Experiment With Study Styles to Find What Works
A quick google search will give you a thousand different ways to study. If you're struggling with a class and have never really had to learn how to study, browsing through different methods and testing them to find what will work can be super helpful. I work best with absolute silence and flashcards, and found that working for 25 minutes and taking a 5 minute break helps me to keep my focus best. Find what works for you and stick with it!
School can be stressful, and the holiday season on top of studying for finals can make for a difficult couple of weeks. Have faith in yourself and confidence in your abilities. Be sure to support all of your friends, especially those who are doubting themselves or have a lot riding on a single grade. Grades are important, and you should always try your best, but at the end of the day they aren't everything. You can achieve anything you want, and your life and worth doesn't come down to a single class in high school or college. Good luck!
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