As finals week approaches, it’s important to start studying well in advance so you can perform at your best. There are a variety of strategies you can use to pass your exams.
Teresa Mercer, tutoring coordinator for The Learning Commons, explains when it’s time to start studying for final exams.
“I think it’s a very individual preference. It can be difficult to study for multiple classes in a short period of time, so having a plan or action plan to schedule specific times to study, review notes , slides, study guides, textbooks, can be extremely helpful.Spacing out your studies and setting aside specific time to prepare can help minimize stress.
There are a variety of study methods that can help with exam preparation. Whether it’s filling out a study guide, creating flashcards, asking a friend to quiz you, there are a variety of helpful methods. But not all strategies work for everyone.
Mercer talks about the study strategies she recommends BGSU students use in preparation for finals week.
“There are many strategies and techniques that can help students prepare for exams. One strategy is to study and review your notes. Many students use color coding as a way to organize their notes into sections and categorize similar information for easier reference. Creating flashcards with relevant information is also a technique students can use to review information and condense important concepts or formulas; what works best depending on the course. Each student will develop strategies and techniques that work for them; there is no “one size fits all strategy”.
It is also important to get enough sleep. Eight hours is the recommended duration. It’s also important to stay hydrated and take breaks from studying if needed. University can be a very stressful time for students and can affect their mental health.
Mercer shared how she saw the effects of mental health in students during exam week.
“I believe that any activity or situation that has the potential to affect a person’s well-being or life goals can cause different levels of stress; thus affecting their mental health. Preparing for the final adds another layer of stress for many students. That’s why it can be helpful to take the time to prepare and have a plan of action for studying.
The Learning Commons is a valuable on-campus resource for students who need tutoring, help writing a paper, or help finding study strategies for exams.
During finals week, The Learning Commons will have a modified schedule. If you need help during finals week, students can check their website for the most up-to-date information about their hours during finals week.