College in the Springtime: Your Ultimate Guide to Studying for Finals

Final Exams in College Cartoon Studying for finals is something that every college student has to do. And it isn’t something that can just be done the night before (for most people); particularly if you haven’t been keeping up with your reading and attending class on a regular basis. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, read on for some simple and effective study tips for finals week.

Studying and Learning Doesn’t
Happen Overnight: Start Studying Early

I get it, with the warm weather upon us studying for finals is probably the last thing you want to do. But if you hope to keep your GPA competitive, you better hit the books now and reward yourself later. The best studying advice I can give you is to start early. That means if you have a History final on Friday, don’t wait until Thursday night to open the book. Hopefully you have been keeping up with your readings and attending your classes. If you missed a class for any reason, make sure you get notes from that day from the professor or from a fellow student.

Every Person is Different: Find Your Best Study Habits

Finals can be really difficult in college, particularly if all subject matter is covered and if it makes up a good percentage of your final grade. For instance, I once had a class that consisted of a midterm, final exam and a paper. The final exam was worth 50% of my final grade and it covered all the material taught that semester. What did that mean exactly? Well, because I wanted to keep my scholarships and had a goal of graduating with honors, I studied for days and days. Knowing what study methods work for you is important in being successful during finals. For me, actions like recopying notes and making flashcards were great ways to remind myself of material from earlier in the semester. Studying with your peers or following up with the TA are also great ways to study, particularly if there is something you don’t understand.

Best Advice is Not to Stress Out for Finals: Study Early

Knowing how to study for finals is not always easy. Sometimes professors give you study sheets, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes exams only cover material since the midterm, other times they cover the entire semester. Everyone who has been through it probably has study advice they can give you but the key really is to go to class, listen to the professor and not wait until the night before just to get started. If you spread out your studying, finals week will be a lot less stressful than you think. I promise!

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.