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Preparing for Finals

It is getting close to that time of the year again where papers and projects are coming due and finales are looming. Stress tends to be on the rise, but don’t worry UDit is here for you with tips to make the last few weeks of the semester better with these five tips and tricks!

 1. To-do Lists- The iconic way to bring some order into the chaos of the final weeks of the semester. Keeping a day by day to-do list will help you stay on track with deadlines and prevent that feeling of being overwhelmed with work.

2. Time- Management- To do lists can keep you on track, but you should also pay attention to how you are spending your time. Breaking up study sessions into sections by subject, due date, or difficulty can assist in getting the most out of your study time. For example putting a marathon study session into one subject can negatively affect your information retention due to over saturation. Alternately you can put an emphasis on one class but breaking up the review with study breaks or even by switching topics will promote greater long term retention.

3. Study Breaks- As already mentioned effectively using your study time efficiently is important, but so is using your break times! Below are some popular study break tips:

  1. Stay on schedule, if you break is set for 15 min. then keep it at that.
  2. Eat a real meal! Granola bars and other snacks are good to keep you going during study time but be sure to have good meals planned out to keep you healthy and reduce your stress levels.
  3. Get moving! Taking a walk or going to the Rec is a great way to de-stress and stimulate your brain.
  4. Call up a friend or family member for a quick conversation to provide an interruption to silent study time.

In short do something to take your mind off your studies for a little bit without derailing your study effort.

4. Group Study Sessions- Group study sessions are one of the best ways to master difficult material. A web article from Carnegie Mellon University had this to say about working in groups:

Properly structured, group projects can reinforce skills that are relevant to both group and individual work, including the ability to:

  • Break complex tasks into parts and steps
  • Plan and manage time
  • Refine understanding through discussion and explanation
  • Give and receive feedback on performance
  • Challenge assumptions
  • Develop stronger communication skills.

So if you feel like you are not understanding a concept meeting with a few classmates may be the extra boost you need.

5. Effective Communication- Not knowing what to study for an exam or what is expected in a paper is a major stressor. But can be resolved through proper communication. Going through a rubric or study guide with a highlighter is a great first step, identifying key points and concepts your professor is looking for. If you are unsure about any requirements don’t hesitate to contact your professor for clarification

We hope these steps will help you end your semester relatively un-stressed and well prepared! 

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