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College Beat: Finals Week Mistakes You’re Probably Already Making

As Thanksgiving break approaches, I want to remind you of the study mistakes you should avoid so you can be fully prepared to succeed for finals week!

1. Cramming at the last minute: During finals week, you will have projects, assignments and most likely reports or papers due, so be proactive and use your Thanksgiving break wisely.

2. Not utilizing study guides: Usually your teacher will hand out a study guide for your final, so make sure to fill it out in advance, review it and use it as a major study tool. Most likely your professor will use some of the same material on the exam.

3. Not studying with a partner: They say two are better than one, right? Well, this is true for studying, especially if you have a difficult course. You can help quiz each other and even review what is most important for your final examination.

4. Not planning ahead: It’s important to study and plan ahead, and use the holiday break to your highest advantage because life gets busy, and it’s important to set aside time to prep for exams ahead. Don’t wait to study last-minute…. You will regret it!

5. Skipping class to study: This might sound like a good idea at first, but missing class could be detrimental to getting pertinent information for your last test. It can affect your grade if you miss as well. Make the proper time to study after school or around your class schedule.

6. Overloading yourself before finals week: Try to minimize your extracurricular activities before your exams. It’s okay to say no, and remember to give yourself some grace.

7. Being distracted by social media: It’s smart to cut down on Instagram and your favorite social media apps while prepping for midterms and finals. You will survive without social media, I promise.

8. Not praying or seeking God: This is a mistake regarding having peace about your studying. Having quiet time is vital in being strong for your last hurrah of the semester.

9. Not getting adequate rest: You NEED sleep for the best performance results. If you want to succeed, make sure you get to bed at a reasonable time or at least get seven to nine hours of sleep.

10. Not eating healthy: Yes, we’re all guilty of the fast-food runs on occasion, especially when time is a factor, but we need to remember that proper nutrients will help us focus better and will result in a better grade, or so you would assume in the long run.

 

[Sources: calnewport.com/blog/2008/12/01/5-mistakes-to-avoid-during-finals; usnews.com/education/blogs/professors-guide/2010/09/01/the-5-biggest-mistakes-college-students-make]

 

PI Girls, is there anything you can add that has not worked for you while studying for finals? Comment below! Good luck!

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  1. LoveOnFire

    Posted by LoveOnFire on November 22, 2015 at 16:24

    Also, NEVER be afraid to ask your professor or teacher for help. Even if they look scary and mean, they do want you to succeed and they would love to help you. And they will also know that you are really working hard and want to succeed too. (Maybe you can thank them and get on their good side by bringing coffee or chocolate as a “Thank you”)

  2. LoveOnFire

    Posted by LoveOnFire on November 22, 2015 at 16:22

    Don’t flip through your notes a couple times and call it “studying.” I’ve tried that and it fails miserably. Give your notes more than a glance. Your grades will appreciate it.

    If you’ve got way to many pages of notes to go through, try narrowing the more important information down and writing it on notecards. It’s way less intimidating. Or if you hate notecards, then highlight or emphasize(bold) those important things.

    Try things to help you concentrate too. If listening to music helps, then put on some quiet tunes. (Be careful to not get distracted with it though!) Or if it helps to do things in private, then find a quiet out-of-the-way place to study.

    Also try changing location sometimes too. If you sit at your desk all day, it can become uncomfortable and boring.

    Also, DO study with a friend or a group of friends from your class. It is super helpful to be able to compare notes. It is also a way to be encouraged and be encouraging. And for so many other reasons, it’s beneficial. You can also make it a little bit fun by bringing food or going to Starbucks.

    Lastly, getting up and moving every couple of hours is good too. Your brain will become tired and “dead” if you just sit around all day. Get up and get a snack, drink, or lunch. Go outside and throw the ball for the dog once or twice. Do push-ups or jumping jacks. This will help stimulate your brain again and help you to do better quality work.

    P.S. – It’s also a good idea to maybe practice “testing” yourself (or your friend) on the information. Make up quizzes or trivia games and reward yourself for knowing the answers! A great website to quiz yourself with is Quizlet.com

  3. Marcy

    Posted by Marcy on November 22, 2015 at 10:48

    I’m curious about number 3. How do you study with a partner? What ways in which does it help? I’ve never done it and I’ve seen it in almost every how to do well in college article, but I’ve never seen anything on why it helps or how to do it in such a way that it helps. Can anyone who’s done it help me out here?