My finals week(s) are starting in a few days! Exclamation point does not equal excitement, in fact, I’m terrified. But I thought as I’m probably not the only one who is starting to stress about exams, you can expect this week and the next to be filled with studying tips and masterposts with sources that help me tremendously.
So this time I’m coming at you with some great advice that I have learned throughout my first two years of being a student.

On revision

  • Try to study as frequently as you can so when the exams come by, you only need to revise what you find harder to comprehend and focus on the more complicated topics. (You’ll thank yourself later when your notes aren’t as long as they would be if you hadn’t studied earlier.)
  • Try to re-read or pre-read material during the semester, it’ll help you in the long run if you’re like me and tend to drift off during lectures or have to miss out on seminars sometimes. It’ll help you understand some things better, too.
  • Prioritise your subjects, give them the time they need and don’t neglect any subject.
  • Use time wisely! If your way on the tube on the way to university/college/school takes a little longer, try to do some reading on there. If you have a little bit of waiting time, use it to recharge for a break or if you can, use it to quickly revise some of your notes. Sometimes it takes less time than you think.
  • Teach yourself material by reading your notes out loud as if you were giving a presentation on the topic. Always read aloud if you can.
  • Get. Enough. Sleep. I personally also like it better to get up a little earlier to revise instead of staying up late as my concentration is worse then.
  • Get rid of distractions as well as you can and for as long as you can.
  • Always have water or a hot beverage at hand to keep yourself calm and hydrated.
  • Try finding YouTube videos on certain topics you cover and watch them.
  • Try using the pomodoro technique to study.
  • If you can find past exam papers, use them for practice. You can also ask your professor if they can offer some for you.
  • If you’re not a fan of talking to your professors during office hours, try emailing them when you have questions.
  • Come up with a study schedule if it helps you stick to it.

Student life

  • Try to make friends, even if you don’t feel like you click perfectly. Sometimes it helps to have people to hang around with so you’re not lonely, especially when you’ve just moved to a new place.
  • Always keep a water bottle, headphones and chargers at hand.
  • Prep your meals and don’t go to college / uni / school hungry + having to spend money when you wouldn’t have to.
  • Ladies, menstrual cycles can be off-schedule. Always be prepared.
  • If you have free lessons, utilise them instead of “wasting them away”. I find I’m more productive during free lessons than when I’m spending them at home.
  • Always take a book with you in case you ever get bored. Or download your favourite podcasts.

Personal life

  • Always appreciate your loved ones, especially when you live away from them. Try to call or visit them every now and then and check up on them.
  • Stay in touch with news, watch the news or read articles when you can. Ignorance isn’t actually bliss.
  • Indulge yourself in the real world instead of worrying about social media. If you look at it, it’s all trivial anyway.
  • Try not to compare yourself to others too much. You’re not them and they’re not you and you’re great the way you are. It’s okay if you want to improve to better yourself but don’t try to make other people your goal.
  • Try to get some exercise done, even if it’s just walking a longer way or using the stairs instead of a lift or dancing around mindlessly in your room. It just makes you feel better / more active.
  • Take loads of pictures. Not just to share them online or anything. Take them because they capture great memories.
  • Take a few days or half-days off in a week. Avoid burnout and don’t work too much.
  • Get fruits and nuts so you’ll eat them as a snack. Keep them around especially during finals week.
What have you learnt so far throughout university / college?
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