Tips for Finals Week

Posted: December 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM CST

Student studying for finalsFinals have a way of creating stress among even the most prepared of students. Whether you study on campus or online, here are some tips from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Learning Commons for how to tackle those upcoming final tests, papers, and projects.

Double check your final exam schedule. It never hurts to verify the dates and deadlines for your final exams or papers. You can also be sure that you understand what the exam or paper should cover to ensure that you’re on the right track as you begin to study or write.

Create a time management guide—and stick to it. Find or create a simple spreadsheet to plan out the times you need to work, study, or have other obligations in the weeks prior to your finals. This will help you see your upcoming schedule at a glance and designate times to study. Balance your social events with finals by scheduling some study time first.

Pace yourself. Cramming at the last minute is never helpful, but neither is pushing yourself too hard too early. Go over a few topics at a time, and be sure to leave time afterward for a review of everything. For papers, start with your outline and key points, then a draft. Leave time to step away and come back to revise your paper with fresh perspective.

Get enough sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Healthy lifestyle choices, even those that are regular investments of time, help your overall academic performance and physical health. Set and follow a sleep schedule, take a quick walk at lunch or choose to take the stairs, and stick to fresh fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

Learn more about academic support services available face-to-face or online, including finals week study guides and writing assistance, through UNK Learning Commons.

By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

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