Success in the final exams can be the difference between getting a cozy job in the tower blocks of Wall Street and spending the rest of your adult life flipping burgers in some fast food joint.
However, having passed finals myself, I know that success does not come easy. You do not really have to follow the traditional wisdom, which says you must work hard because the days of hard work are long gone. These are the days of working smart. I have created this article to share some of my experiences and the tips that every student needs to survive the finals.
Get Your House in Order
Sitting the exams is as good as being tested on your organizing skills. Just like you will need to be organized during the exam, you are going to have to organize yourself before the examinations. Well, I know that as the days to the finals approach, you start feeling as if there are a million and one things to do.
Apart from studying for the numerous subjects you are going to be tested on, there are other demands on your time such as your family and friends. Being organized starts by keeping the place where you do your studying tidy so that you know where to find stuff when you need it. Looking for things can waste valuable time you need for studying.
Use Those Paper Mills, But Not For Their Purpose
The internet has opened up massive opportunities for students. No, I’m not talking about buying the paper. Not everybody knows that these websites’ blogs are filled with useful information on writing each and every type of paper and/or exam.
The thing is, it’s not where they have much profit from, but thanks to these writing guides they reach their audience. And you don’t have to pay for this kind of help. From these blogs, you can learn a lot of useful stuff such as tips on how to approach the writing of different types of essays, hacks on how to choose a topic, and narrow this topic down to the extent that you will end up able to write an essay that will impress everyone who reads it, including the one who marks your final paper.
The help you get from these resources will make ensure that by the time you get into the exam room, you are confident. Remember, buying a paper will not help you in any way here.
Get a Good Night Sleep
I know that as the finals approach, days start to look shorter. Even when you attempt to sleep, the stress related to the finals can easily keep you awake for long periods of time. At this particular time, you will need to follow some simple but effective techniques to help you sleep, such as those proposed by the National Sleep Foundation. Some of the tips that assisted me I present here:
- Sticking to a regular sleeping routine even during the weekends in order to train the body to fall asleep and remain asleep for longer
- Exercise daily, even if it’s just light exercise
- Avoid taking naps in the afternoon, rather use that time to catch up on your school work or do something that makes you relax like, literally, a walk in the park
- Ensure that the place where you sleep is comfortable by selecting the right pillows and mattresses
- Make sure that the room in which you sleep is comfortable regarding the temperature, noise levels, and darkness.
Do the Things You Like
I know that this might sound difficult to do, but you still need to remember that life must go on. The time with friends or watching a movie will help you to unwind from all the studying you have just been doing. If you do not make a deliberate effort to include breaks, you are likely to end up suffering from burnout. Arriving in the exam room tired is worse than not being prepared. You just need to remember not to overdo the whole taking a break thing.
Manage Your Diet
The shortage of time can drive you into a trap of wrong eating habits. As much as possible, avoid fast foods. If you need to snack during the day to get some energy, ensure that you are snacking on healthy foods such as dried fruit, homemade smoothies, and other types of foods that are not overly cooked. If you prepare your own meals, prepare lots in advance and freeze the food so that you do not waste valuable study time preparing meals.