If the X-day is coming and you tear your hair out because of worrying – read this article and try to look at the exams from another point of view. You shouldn’t think of the finals as something extremely horrible.
Taking the final exams isn’t the end of the world, it’s just one more challenge, the last frontier you need to overcome before a long-awaited vacation. Moreover, we are sure that you will do it successfully.
Quite often in such situations students follow the principle “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”, and this is not right, because a positive attitude to the issue is half of the battle. Accelerate your strength, work hard for last and then you will be able to have a rest! Read this advice and be ready for the best!
Different classes – different peculiarities
All classes in any higher education institution can be divided into two big groups – technical and non-technical classes. They differ from each other not only the type of information that is studied, but also the ways of its presenting. As a result, preparation to the final exams will also include diverse methods.
If we consider the non-technical classes it’s worth mentioning that they are usually based on reading and exclude mathematics completely or almost completely. The main attention of such classes is focused on writing essays and discussions about various theoretical questions. Literature and language, social and political science, history and philosophy – we can list them for a long time. If you are one of the students who chose these disciplines, the following advice will come in handy:
- Write short or detailed summaries of the readings you have to know for the final exams, and use the information from your class notes;
- Prepare the list of possible questions that touches materials you have studied during the semester;
- Discuss the trickiest and most interesting points of the course with your groupmates and people who are deeply involved in the subject.
The technical classes build on Math and provide the application of theories in practice by means of doing exercises. Finance, economic, computer science and applied mathematics are just few examples of this category. If they are close to you and you take exams in these disciplines, we recommend to:
- Prefer doing exercises to making notes of the readings;
- Collect all copies with your assignments and homework given by your lecturers and instructors, revise them and make sure that you are able to do them by yourself;
- Let your friends test how strong you are in some particular exercises; ask them to explain any unclear point.
Study in an appropriate atmosphere
The location where you are studying greatly affects the perception of information. That’s why you need to find the best place where you can be fully devoted to the subject. We offer some good options:
- If you are unable to work effectively in noisy places, the silent section in the library is exactly what you need, as in that case you won’t be distracted;
- There are also studying sections in the libraries, where talking is allowed. This location will be great for team work and group discussions;
- Studying in coffee shops with tasty pastries and hot drinks may improve your mood and motivate you in some specific way. It is preferred by people who pay a lot of attention to the comfort environment;
- You can also study outside and enjoy the beauty of nature.
The period of final exams makes students be under pressure, that’s why you may feel the lack of time every minute. Experience shows that students usually spend much time reviewing their materials, but not always it means they do it efficiently. If you plan to prepare for the finals during long hours you should remember these pieces of advice:
- Take a break for 15 minutes after an hour of study, in that way you will be able to get some rest and be concentrated;
- Change various types of tasks not to be bored;
- Go to the library with groupmates who can support and motivate you;
Bring only the materials you really use and need, forget about electronic devices