6 Tips To Make It Through Your Finals While Boosting Your Grade
24 de mayo de 2018Ariel Rodriguez
These helped me come out alive out of that one semester from hell.
There was one year when I really thought I was going to flunk all my finals. And I wasn't even a bad student. Actually, I was usually on top of my game, but that year I was struggling to pay for college and I was working full-time while also going through some very difficult personal stuff. Being behind in school doesn't make us lazy or careless, though. Sometimes we just go through a lot of stuff that distracts us and we focus our attention on everything but our studies. As the saying goes: "shit happens." However, I managed to get "A"s on almost all my classes. How? Well, would you believe me if I told you that there are many options and support groups out there that, if you plan ahead, can actually help you pass your finals and get good grades as well? Here's how I survived the most difficult semester of my life.
Say goodbye to social media and your personal life.
You only need two things to pass your finals: determination and dedication. Got that? Good, now log out of Facebook, temporarily delete Instagram and Snapchat, and hide the remote so you don't get distracted your favorite series on Netflix. Cancel all previous plans and say no to all invites to parties and outings: finals are coming and you need to be 100% focused in order to pass.
Open a group chat with your classmates.
You should know how much information you need to absorb and how much time you have left to absorb it. You might be determined to study your hardest in order to pass these exams, but if you don't have all the studying materials needed to review, it's not going to help very much. Don't ask around for incomplete notes you won't be able to copy. Instead, open a group chat with your classmates and share all the intel you have about the final: the most important notes, study guides, possible topics to be covered, and even questions regarding lectures you didn't understand. Group chats are perfect because you don't need to wait for class to solve a question you have; simply text it to the group chat and someone will have the answer.
Create a shareable document with a classmate and start a study guide.
Online documents allow multiple people to write, edit and make corrections to the text, and everyone gets a copy of it without having to meet up or print it. This is something I did with my classmates and we created the best study guide ever. I divided different topics among the members of the group chat and each one of us researched and wrote a summary onto the shareable document. The day before the final, I read the study guide four times and felt more than ready to knock that test down. If the group chat idea worked out for you, this would be the following step.
Schedule study sessions.
Grab a calendar and look for open gaps in your schedule to dedicate them to study sessions. Studying at short but frequent periods of time is better for your memory and retention than a single, long session. In fact, if you happen to miss one study session, you can relax knowing that you still have a couple more sessions left scheduled. The worst mistake you can do is to leave everything for the last minute because you’ll try to absorb too much information in a short period of time, and you’ll probably forget most of it.
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