Studying for finals is important

FIUSM Editorial 

It’s the last week before finals, which means it’s time for students to hole themselves up in their room and cram as much information from this semester as possible. This is a stressful time for students; work is piling up, grades are being finalized and deadlines are closer than ever before.

However, students should be reminded that this last week of school doesn’t have to be so intimidating. There are many simple steps that you can take right now to ensure that finals week runs as smooth as possible.

First, don’t be afraid to reach out to your professor about any questions you might have. Though we encourage students to communicate frequently with their professor throughout the semester, it’s better to reach out to your professors now than to never reach out at all. Check in with them to make sure you’re not behind on assignments, ask them about any feedback regarding your work and any other important questions you might have. Remember, professors and their TAs are meant to guide you.

Students should also reach out to classmates. An efficient way is to form a study group or to have students who are more well-versed in the class help you understand difficult concepts. Studying with others can offer you fresh perspectives on the subject material. You may also discover new study methods, which may facilitate faster learning, instead of sticking to the technique you are used to. Studying with classmates will also make the process more fun as well as motivating.

FIU also offers resources on campus to assist with tutoring before finals. FIU’s Center for Academic Success provides online tutoring at the click of button at times that are convenient for students.

It’s common for college students to cram the night before an exam, but cramming isn’t really all that helpful. It’s important to figure out a proper study schedule that allows you time to study and to get a proper amount of sleep.

Staying in one place can exhaust the mind, so after an hour of studying, it is recommended to get up and get your body moving. The exercise will boost blood flow. It doesn’t have to be a full blown work out – a quick walk will do enough to reset your mind.

Make sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before an exam. Staying up to cram actually diminishes the chances of your  brain retaining any information. Wake up early enough to prepare a nourishing breakfast and maybe do a quick review before the test.

Finals week doesn’t have to be the most stressful week in the world. Be calm and reach out to all the resources FIU has to offer – be it tutoring, advisers, professors or your fellow students.

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