All exams are stressful, but the finals put a lot more pressure on students. However, if you have a proper study plan in place, there is no need to panic. Here are five useful tips to help you survive the final exams:
1. Make a Timetable
As soon as you get the final exams syllabus, prepare your study schedule. How many hours can you spend every day on preparation apart from regular school/college studies and homework/assignments? How much time would you like to give to each subject? You may want to spend less time on your favorite or easy subjects and more on the difficult ones. When you have a timetable in place, it will take away almost half of your stress away because you know that you have ample time for preparation. When the final exams arrive, all you have to do is revise the syllabus instead of cramming at the last minute. Also, stick to this timetable or else you will get off-track.
2. Fill the Missing Information
Compare the syllabus to your study notes. Is there anything missing? Is there a chapter that is particularly hard for you to understand? If yes, then you should complete the missing notes with the help of your friends. You can form a study group of two or three friends and even request the teacher to take an extra class to explain the chapter again. This will give you the confidence that you have all the material you need to study well. If you need additional study material, you can refer external guides or sample question banks from Oswaal Books.
3. Study Smartly
Usually, the final exams include chapters from the previous semesters too. The volume of studies is another reason that creates fear of the final exams among the students. But, the good news is that you have already studied for those chapters. So, you have to spend less time on it. You can implement several smart study strategies for the rest:
4. Give Yourself a Break
Do not forget to include rest and recreation in your timetable. Remember, that all work, no play makes Jack a dull boy! Once in a week, go out for a movie or hang out with friends. In between the studies, take short breaks – go for a walk, listen to your favorite music, chat with your family or friends, etc. Doing so will take away your mind from books for a while, and you can resume studies with renewed focus. Eat healthy foods and drink a lot of water to stay fit. However, avoid indulging in your gadgets and social media a few months before as well as during the exams. It is a sheer waste of time.
5. Keep Your Calm
The day before or on the day of exams, it is natural to become a bundle of nerves. However, there is no reason to feel the stress. You have prepared for months ahead of the final day and worked hard. All you have to do is to answer the question paper with a calm and focused mind. That’s the last key to surviving the final exam stress.
Exams are an integral part of a student’s life. Don’t worry; exams are phases that you will clear every year of your academic life provided you study well.