It might be difficult to believe, but another semester has flown by and finals week is here again! I hope that you’ve had a great semester and are finding yourself (somewhat) prepared for finals. As your due dates and exam times draw closer, it’s important to stay organized, stay productive, and stay healthy. Last week, the Center for Learning and Academic success took over the Suffolk Snapchat story and our tutors provided tips and tricks that they use to survive finals week. Here’s the recap:
1. Focus on time management.
Each student has a different method and time allotment for studying, but prioritizing the time you spend on your finals assignments is crucial. Estimate the amount of time you’ll need for each subject and divide up your studying time. If one subject is particularly challenging, break it up into smaller portions throughout the week.
2. Explain the material to someone else.
If your roommate, friend, or family member has a free minute, try explaining the material that will be on your exam to them. If you are able to do this easily, it's clear you know your stuff! If this proves difficult, go back and take a second look at the challenging material.
3. Read aloud.
Reading your notes or Powerpoints aloud can be great for committing material to memory. Reading your papers aloud is especially helpful in detecting grammar errors.
4. Create a game plan, literally.
Making up study games or quizzes (and rewarding yourself) is a great way to switch up your studying method and stay motivated.
5. Listen to music.
Listening to familiar music can help you study; the music can actually improve your productivity and help you stay relaxed.
That extra hour of studying you did instead of sleeping will not be beneficial when you are not well rested for test time. Challenge yourself to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night this week!
7. Stop by the CLAS.
Writing tutoring appointments and math drop-in support are still available during finals week! If some material is proving to be extremely difficult, see if one of our tutors can help you out.
Wishing you the best of luck on your finals and a great end of the semester,