The library is packed, computers are full, students are carrying around extra-large coffees, and sweat pants are the norm. Yep, it’s Finals Week. This week, the library will see record numbers of students coming in to use the computers and quiet/private spaces to get in some serious studying. Your friendly neighborhood librarians wish to be as helpful as possible during this stressful time and we will be on high alert throughout the week.
As many people know (or will be figuring out very quickly) finals week is all about hard-core studying and taking exams. Having been there myself, I’ve come up with this handy dandy list of study tips to help you rock your exams. This is the “Cliff’s Notes” version, if you would like all the gory details click here.
- First and foremost: DON’T PANIC.
- Don’t get too relaxed.
- Start early. Don’t procrastinate.
- Stay energized.
- Just do it! Find a quiet space to study that lacks distractions and is reasonably comfortable. Or, if it works for you and what you are working on, study with a partner or a group.
- Be organized.
- Help yourself. Create study guides, clarify your notes, and make flashcards.
- Let it go. Don’t stress the small stuff (like wearing presentable clothing).
Bonus: Some tips for the day of the exam!
- DON’T PANIC.
- Be on time and well rested.
- Make sure you have everything you need & want.
- Pretest potty break. Seriously.
- Be kind to the graders.
- Be sure to fully develop your answers and arguments.
- Read the instructions.
- Stay to the bitter end.
I hope those little tips are beneficial to you! Students, I wish you all the best. I know this is a stressful time. Remember, your librarians are here to help! Don’t be afraid to ask us questions, it’s what we are here for. Good luck to you all!
Helpful tips brought to you by:
Gurung, Regan AR. “How do students really study (and does it matter)?.”Education 39 (2005): 323-340.