May 22, 2018
My number one piece of advice would be to prioritize. Sometimes students spend so much time studying for a final that will not make a significant impact on their grade, so I would advise focusing on tests that will make a difference in your grade. Some of the study techniques that I use that work for me is making flashcards, and even though they do take a while to make, it is part of the helpful process and it is a great way to quiz yourself.
I would say that the best advice is to make a study schedule and stick to it because most of the stress from testing comes from the feeling of not being prepared. If you actually put in the time to study, at a certain point you have to let go and realize that there’s nothing else you can do and that you did the best you could. Spacing out your work and setting goals for each day is really useful for being prepared. The other thing is that it’s easy to get stressed about is the large amount of work you have to do, so it’s really important to focus on one assignment and go one day at a time and not start freaking out about how much there is in the future. A really interesting and helpful thing I read said, “rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, when you’re meant to go through them only when they occur, so don’t multiply your troubles by stressing out about what’s ahead”!
Don’t put off studying until the last minute! Long-term satisfaction is always better than short-term satisfaction!
I think the most important thing is to allocate your limited time wisely. And this naturally comes with having to be okay with not achieving to your highest standard ALL the time. If you can spend just an hour on a project and get a 95%, don’t spend another 6 hours on it just so you can get that extra 5%. Because we all know that most of the time, 95% is good enough and that extra 6 hours could be used way more efficiently on something that will benefit you in the long run.