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College Beat: Finals Week Mistakes You’re Probably Already Making
Written by Christi Given | November 22, 2015
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!