Work Smarter, Not Harder: Rocking Your Final Exams
If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards your Final Exams Prep…Again. Yes, I know April just ended, but it’s time, and who doesn’t love a good strategy for ending the school year strong? (Hey parents, you need to share this article with your kids. You might be able to avert most of that End-Of-The-Year-Stress.)
About that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention of your final exams…Here’s a way to minimize it.
And this is where you start:
- Review your notes. For some of you, this might mean finding them.
- Spend an extra 15 minutes every night going through your notebooks.
- Highlight or put a sticky note on anything you don’t understand.
- Secure any loose pages.
- Put your notes in order.
- Figure out what’s missing, and get copies of the missing work from your classmates.
If you do this, you will:
- know where everything is when your teachers hands out the Study Guides.
- have enough time to gather missing notes for your final exams.
- compile the confusing content and can now bring your questions to your teacher way before exam week.
- avoid cramming for exams.
- sidestep Last-Exam-Burn-Out, which is what happens when you try to study during the same week in which the exams are happening.
- be reviewing your notes daily, which counts as studying. Here’s a little Math equation for you:
(15 minutes studying/day) x (5 days a week)
= 1¼ hours of exam prep a week
If your final exams are in June, that’s over 5 hours of study time, calmly spread out over five weeks.
Smart isn’t what you are. Smart is what you do. Do the smart thing and prepare early for your exams.