It’s that time of year when finals are upon us. Let’s be honest, studying isn’t usually something that a lot of us enjoy. It should go without saying, but devoting an ample amount of time to studying is extremely important. We’ve compiled some really easy tips to make it easier for you to study more efficiently this finals season.
The first (and perhaps most important) thing is to get organized. You can use a paper planner or the calendar on your laptop/phone to keep everything in order, but make sure you use something. Doing this will keep you from missing large assignment deadlines, as well as keep you on track with your upcoming exam schedule. Make sure to look ahead on your schedule to see what the rest of your week looks like instead of going day-by-day.
Next, find spots in your schedule that are empty or easily replaceable. For example, when you identify blocks of time that would normally be spent hanging with friends or watching Netflix (let’s be real), devote an hour or two to your studies instead. If you can find enough of these blocks in your schedule, then you could easily study for an extra 10-15 hours a week instead of cramming for hours on end.
Finally, take breaks as needed. If you study one subject for more than two or three hours at one time, it’s actually not as efficient as if you had rotated subjects. A lot of the information tends to blend together, which means you can lose focus more easily. If you study for an hour and take a 20-minute break, or study for 30 minutes and take a 10-minute break, you will likely retain more information.
Utilizing these tips should help alleviate your test stress and anxiety, as well as make college go a lot smoother. Good luck with your exams, Sooners!