Thrive Not Survive: Final Exam Study Tips

Exams are right around the corner, but don’t fret we have compiled a list of our best study tips to help our students thrive not just survive. 

Be Organized 

  • Create a to-do list and study schedule for your exams. Rearrange and cross items off as they are completed. 
  • Clear your study space of clutter and any items that may distract you.

Find a Study Buddy or Form a Study Group

  • Allows you to share and compare notes with your classmates.
  • Shared studying for a final exam can help focus students and prevent them from getting distracted.
  • Great environment for discussions and self quizzing. 

Study Everyday

  • What?! Yes, don’t leave everything to the few days before your exam.
  • Giving yourself enough time to comfortably study a little bit each day can greatly reduce your stress levels. 
  • Rewrite your notes in your own words and then connect it to what you know. 

Take Breaks

  • Mental fatigue is real and can be counterproductive for long term retention.
  • Find your study time limit and reward yourself with a break to keep your mind fresh.
  • Go for a walk outside, grab a snack, or hang out with friends.

What’s Your Volume

  • Determine the level of sound you can tolerate while studying. This will help you decided where you should study in the library
  • Some students prefer absolute silence, others like the white noise of a TV show/movie, and some students need headphones to play their favorite music. Find your preference!
  • Please note: we have ear plugs available for students at the Library Service Desk.

Brain Food

  • While the stress of finals may have you reaching for junk food and caffeine remember to have healthy meals and snacks and to drink plenty of water.
  • Keeping hydrated will help keep your brain alert and give you the energy you need to study.
  • The over consumption of processed foods and caffeine can leave you feeling exhausted and burnt out.

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