Best of luck!
Time management can be a tricky thing to master, especially around finals time. The biggest thing to do is to not procrastinate. Waiting until the last minute to study can seem nice in the beginning but will only make things harder and more stressful in the end. Divide the material that is covered on the exam into smaller amounts to minimize stress and maximize retention. Start this as soon as you know of your exam and begin to initially learn the material. This will make things easier later on down the road if you have already started reviewing material.
I suggest making a calendar for each class and putting all important dates (homework assignments, papers, quizzes, tests, and projects/presentations) on it to start working with a timeline. This should help with your time management and ultimately help with getting distracted before a final because the bulk of the work will already be done, all you will need is a light review.
I hope this helps!
Thank you for your question. You've received some insightful information that Professionals have shared with you. I'd like to include a few items of my own.
Setting time aside to complete the most important tasks on your list is important for managing your time. You might consider blocking off certain brackets of time on your calendar on a regular basis so you are guaranteed to have time in your schedule without distractions. I manage my calendar by reviewing it first thing in the morning and lastly at night when signing off my laptop for work.
Prioritization is a difficult skill but gets easier with practice. You can practice prioritization by making to-do lists. Writing or typing out everything you need to get done can help you physically prioritize the tasks that are most urgent or easy to get out of the way.
SET SHORT AND LONG-TERM GOALS
Practicing regular goal-setting can help you clearly understand exactly what you need to accomplish to achieve certain results.
One tool that I use is my Outlook Calendar and Clock function on my phone. I set reminders, block off time, set alarms, timers, etc.
Remember, as you are studying for your finals, please make time to get some leisure activity and lots of rest. 😉
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
Firstly, plan your priorities. This will help you stay on track and organized during your exam period.
Make your own to-do list. Most students tend to leave important tasks until the last minute.
Create your own schedule and stick to that. Creating schedule not following that is of no use.
When there is a need to study late night a day before exam, you might feel distracted. At that point of time, get some exercise. I am sure it’s going to act like getting a small nap.
Through exercise, you can focus your state of mind and help you clear your head.
The most important thing is after implementing a new method, do not forget to assess if it has been effective for you.