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How To Study For Finals - Tips and Tricks That Help Me

Hey Guys! It's your girl here again.


Yes, I know, I'm a week later than my intended blog schedule, but to be fair finals are in a week and I've been busy.


Which is exactly what this post is about! In honor of finals week(s), I've rounded up my favorite tips and tricks to help you pass - no, ace that test!



1. Take Your Time


Starting early is extremely important. Give yourself minimum of a week to tackle the harder subjects before the actual exams begin.


I need more time for biology and english, so I pay attention to those beforehand. ICT and geography need a lot of memorizing, so I study those as well.


Even if you don't study a hundred percent of the material, when you come to study the night of the exam it'll be easier on you to understand and memorize.




2. Explain For Yourself


Don't be shy to lock your bedroom door and pace around or sit at your desk, explaining to yourself every detail. Whether you're a visual or auditory learner, this tip could help you.


- If you prefer listening, I like loudly explaining to myself every step. Don't be shy to go a little off-track like I once was. In the beginning, I used to explain to myself like a class teacher would *yawn*. Now, it sounds a little like this;


"So now we have photosynthesis: the synthesis that uses photo which is light to make glucose. So the green bois take the sunlight - I still don't understand how but they do - and they use that with carbon dioxide and water to make their food, glucose, which is ... *steals a glance at the book* ... C6H12O6 and oxygen which we breathe! And boom we have plant food, delicious and nutritious ... though I tasted a flower stem once and that was ew."


Use anything and any way that you know will help you remember; sometimes I'll have my sister say it aloud once or twice or I'd tie it with an incident so that during the exam, I'll remember the incident and know the answer. It works!


- If you prefer seeing, go on YouTube, avoid your suggestions you procrastination- loving human, and search up educational videos about that topic. I like CrashCourse Kids (hey - don't judge the name) and In A Nutshell (when it's useful). A lot of creators have pretty cool videos, too, so discover your favorite as you go.


Also, draw diagrams - I do that as I study instead of at the end. On a separate sheet of paper, I just jot down scribbles, arrows, tables, diagrams - visuals that help me remember what I need to know. Flow charts and graphs are useful, too! It could double as a quick revision before you walk in the exam hall - yay, bonus!



3. Go Offline


Yeah, use educational YouTube videos and try solving a couple Quizlet quizzes, but do that AFTER you're done with studying the material. Lock your phone (and laptop, and i Pad, and everything else that might distract you) in another room until you finish, so you don't give yourself a chance to procrastinate.


Or, if you trust yourself, keep them next to you if you need to study from them too.


Point is to avoid procrastinating! Instead of spending three hours on studying, you'd waste an entire day sitting on your desk with distracted studying and a chopped information flow. If you're studying and stop every twenty minutes, your train of thought is interrupted and it's hard for you to retain info.


So stay focused and take a break after no less than 45 minutes!



4. Pay Attention!


More than half of the actual studying is done in-class while the teacher is explaining.


As both a visual and auditory learner, hearing the teacher's voice ring across the class and seeing the presentation and whiteboard notes, not to mention your own notes that you take down, all contribute to you understanding the subject from the start.


I've read it somewhere that a study actually proved that if you paid attention it class it increases your chance of remembering that information. On that note, remember to ask - any questions that may pop up in your head, just raise your hand and ask!


I will forever be thankful for our current biology teacher - we'd have crazy questions about everything and she'd patiently answer, which is probably part of the reason I enjoy her lessons even though I despise the subject.



5. Find Your Way


Everyone has a different way of studying. I like talking aloud while my friend prefers to keep to herself. I like walking around while I study while you may prefer to sit.


It all differs. The tips and tricks I gave you here are a general outline. Over time you involuntarily customize it to fit yourself, because after all every person is unique. After not too long, you'll have your own study guideline that you like and are comfortable with.



Anyway, I hope this has helped you - and good luck on your exams.



See ya ... probably when summer begins!


~Leena

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