Make A Plan. Try to determine how much study time you’ll need and allot time for each class. Many people associate finals week with cramming, but that is not the best way to go. I understand that sometimes you have to “do what you need to do” but cramming so much material into your head at the last minute will not only NOT teach you anything, the chances of you actually remembering it all are slim to none.
Take Breaks. Reward yourself when you have completed a task or a subject. Use the 50/10 method. Study hard for 50 minutes and relax for ten. You will feel more refreshed with frequent short breaks and feel motivated to study more.
Eat healthy breakfast. Not to sound like mom, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You have to start your day how you expect it to go. Wake up ten minutes earlier and make yourself a decent breakfast. It doesn’t have to be 5 star quality but if you start with some protein you will feel more energy throughout the day and you won’t have that 10:30/11 am drag.
Don’t procrastinate. Do not wait until the last minute so help me. You have been in school for long enough that you know finals are a drag. Whether your fresh out of high school or a graduating senior, you know the routine and it never changes. Make a good plan and stick to it. Follow through with everything you do and do not wait until two days before your final, it will not turn out the way you want it to. Your education is your future. Everyone can retake a course if they have to; but it is time, money, and energy wasted on your part as well. If you can successfully do it once, DO IT!
Get enough Zzzzz. Sleep is essential, everybody knows that. It is difficult to adjust your sleep when you are used to certain times, etc. More sleep is better than more studying. Now please don’t take that out of context. If you sleep 24/7 and don’t crack open a book, you will never excel. But, if you are planning an all-nighter the night before your test and are too exhausted to keep your head up in the morning; you won’t remember or care about what you studied last night because now all you want to do is crash. It is important to not only allot time for studying, but sleeping too!
You are not a superhero, don’t act like it. You are not superwoman/superman! No one expects you to become a genius in a week but it is important to try your best. The best thing from me to you would be: don’t wait until the last minute. If you know you have a final in Biology coming up in three weeks, start now. You will retain more information and you will not feel as rushed to cram everything not nailed down into your brain!
Breathe. Relax! Your sanity is important and you will drive yourself crazy obsessing over all of the little things. Before your fist exam just close your eyes for a few minutes and breathe. It calms you down and makes you sit back and evaluate. Your first exam of finals week sets the tone for all of your exams left to follow. Start it out right. Go to bed early, eat breakfast, don’t rush, and follow through with your plan to the end. It will be worth it, I can personally attest to that!