Five Study Tips to Prepare for Finals


Taylor Emmons, Writer

For many people studying for exams can be stressful and can cause anxiety. Many simply just don’t know the study method that works for them. With finals week approaching at Lincoln Southwest High School, here are some of the best studying tips to help you through this stressful time. 

  1. Leave Your Phone Elsewhere or On Mute 

Having your phone near you can drain your capacity to focus. If you have your phone by you there is constantly a second thing competing for your attention. I know in my own experience that I have stayed up way too late scrolling on my phone and then before I know it I look at the clock and realize I have no time left to study. Taking your phone out of the equation would extremely minimize the risk of this happening. 

2. Study Over Multiple Days 

This next tip is extremely important. It is vital that you plan out your studying over the course of multiple days. Students should spread out the days that they are studying for the test. You cannot possibly relearn all of the information from one unit/chapter in a subject over the course of one night. To continue, another important part of this is to make sure you have enough days to ask any questions that you may have before your test. This will leave you as prepared as possible and ensure that you remember most if not all of the information needed. 

3. Ask for Help When Needed

Your teachers have their jobs for a reason. Almost all of them would like to see each and every one of their students succeed. If there is something you’re not sure of, make sure you make time to ask them questions to find clarity on the issue. If you have a question, 9 times out of 10 your teachers will be happy to help you out so that you succeed in their class. If you need help on something do not be afraid to ask. 

4.Take Breaks

It is crucial that you take breaks while studying. Spending too much time on one topic can leave many feeling overwhelmed. Not only can you be overwhelmed by spending too much time on one subject, if you spend too much time on one thing it will also be more difficult to keep certain aspects of that topic in your brain. This makes it difficult to remember things for the test. 

5. Plan a Specific Place and Time

Much like having your phone near you, studying in an uncontrolled environment can actually make it more difficult to retain the information that you will need. Being in a quiet environment at a specific time for you can ensure that there will be no outside distractions while you are studying. This intern makes it so you can put your best foot forward for the upcoming test or exam.