Start at least 2-3 weeks in advance. I would make a study sheet with the key points across all the readings, lectures and homework. This would help with my recall of all the concepts. Then for 2-3 days before the exam, I'd continue reviewing my study sheets. Avoid cramming! I personally found group study was a distraction for me, but some people find it helpful to bring all their materials together and ask each other questions to better understand concepts.
When you have multiple exams in a day, you have to study for both at the same time. Plan your day so you can stagger when you study for what subject.
Best of luck!
Paul Goetzinger MPA College Advisor
P.S. Please check out my response to Gwen T.
You should take a break, do some exercise or stretching and don't forget to get enough sleep. These three things get overlooked very easily when we're anxious preparing for exams but they're very important to help your mind and body alert and stay focused.
When people keep studying or working for a long period of time without break, their minds plateau and can't absorb new information easily.
- Create a study schedule/plan. Dedicate a certain amount of time a day to studying and determine ahead of time what subjects you are going to study each day. You may need to spend more time on certain subjects than others so you can build this into your study plan. Planning ahead ensures that you are giving enough attention to each subject and you don't end up cramming at the end. Using a visual calendar or creating to-do lists could be helpful too.
- Study in a way that works for you. That could be flashcards, rewriting your notes, reading your notes out loud, using memorization techniques or having a friend or family member study with you or quiz you.
- Make sure to take breaks! Step away from studying at a set time or when you're feeling tired or frustrated. Going for a walk or doing something physical can help take your mind off things and may help you see the problem from a different perspective when you go back to studying.
- Don't be so hard on yourself :) Prepare ahead of time, learn from past experiences, and have confidence in your abilities.
Don't stay up too late! Sleep is crucial to retaining the information you are studying. Getting a good nights rest will do you more good than studying for that extra hour. Sleep restores our energy, helps us think more clearly, and strengthens memory.
Write things out (on paper, not typing) and read them aloud. Both of these methods are proven to help you remember things.
Set a timer! The famous method is the Pomodoro technique, but you can do any amount of time that works for you. The Pomodoro Method is working for 25 minutes, than taking a 5 minute break. After 4 rounds of that sequence, take a longer 15-30 minute break.
You've received some great advice from Profs. Here are a few of my tips. Hope you find them useful. Best of luck to you on your finals! 👍
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
What I found to be helpful with studying (and something I still use to this day at work) is implementing the Pomodoro Technique.
1) Choose a task to be accomplished.
2) Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
3) Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
4) Take a short break (5 minutes)
5) Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break
This method helps your brain stay focused, while also giving you short breaks so your brain won't fatigue.
Check out the link below for more details:
Goodluck with your finals!