How To Study For Finals?

Final exams are quickly approaching! Still stuck on how to prepare for finals? Here are a few tips which can be easy to follow and crack the exams. With a little plan of action, you can get out of the study sessions. Don’t put it off; begin studying today

Updated by Niharika Padiga on 2nd March 2020

Final exams are intended to check whether the students have the ability and have properly absorbed the course material. Most of them feel stressed and don’t know how to study for final exams.

These are not just exams, they are held to evaluate your knowledge from the entire semester. Discover study tips that will help you create a game plan, retain information, stay focused and walk into your tests with confidence.


How Many Hours Should I Study for a Final Exam?

Study hours vary from student to student and it depends upon the subject and capability. Generally, studying for more than 12 to 14 hours is not suggestable and safe. It may cause some health issues but we force ourselves to study for more hours during our finals.

Final exams turn into a nightmare for those students who neglect their textbooks and notes. Take 5-10 minutes break for every hour and to let your body produce more fuel for your studying.


How to Prepare and Study to Feel Confident

One of the most effective ways to prepare for finals is to practice as much as possible. It's important that students keep track of what they study, strategize, and prepare a schedule to make use of their time effectively.

There is absolutely no necessity for you to finish all your syllabus in a single day. Without a proper plan of action and tips, you cannot prepare well for your finals.

The following trick is to make the study time shorter but more effective.

Be Organized

Being organized definitely works everywhere. As you start, make a plan and decide exactly what and when you need to study. Prioritize your time and work harder for your finals. Take things seriously, it's good to have fear as it pushes you to go beyond your comfort level.

Create A Proper Plan of Action (To-Do-List)

Make a list of the areas which you have to cover and create summary sheets for each class.

Start Right Away

  • Make yourself a habit to prepare a week before the exams and check out for how much time you need to set per day for each subject.

  • Spend at least one hour per week checking your class book to review and make a list of important areas to study. By reviewing your class notes you will get an overview of the particular topics to study early.

  • Do not rush to complete the whole syllabus before a day of your exams as you might feel stressed and confused.

Study Smart

When you are yet to start your final exams, a week before, here are few guidelines to study smart

  • Start from the day you got the syllabus

  • Prepare from previous year question papers.

  • Check your study guides from lectures

Make Group Discussion with Friends

Studying in a group with friends helps a lot during final exams. Ask questions that you don’t know and they help you out with answers and vice-versa.

Group discussions with your companions help you better understand the concept which will make it easier to remember than reading alone by yourself.

Take Regular Breaks

The long study hours doesn’t help you remember everything you read. You just forget stuff if your preparation hours are with no breaks. So, it's very essential to take intervals often. Each student has different study hours and patterns, to compensate for your exam preparation pattern, develop a routine that makes it easy and healthy for you.

If you study in the early morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. If you study more at night, take a long break earlier only so that you can settle in the evening to study.

Avoid Distractions

Below are the few suggestions to concentrate on studies:

  • Switch off your phone and email notifications.

  • Turn off the Internet access on your computer.

  • Clear the untidy things from your study area.

  • Do not listen to loud music.

Feed Your Brain

Eat healthy food and drink plenty of water. This helps to rejuvenate and keeps you focused for more hours.

Have a Good Sleep

Most students do not sleep well before the exams which is not a good idea and also it is better to avoid caffeine. You should at least sleep for 7-8 hours before an exam.

Concentrate and get the best results in the exams.

Best of Luck!