Freaky Finals: Study tips for ending the school year with a bang

December 1, 2012 in Dallas' Posts

What’s up peeps? So it’s officially December which means two things.

1. We’re 25 days away from Christmas so it is officially the most wonderful time of the year


2. It’s the end of the semester meaning that finals are right around the corner.

Now, there are a good number of studying strategies when it comes to hopping the last hurdle of the school year. For instance, I like to review with background noise. Maybe a little R&B or Hip Hop, and a nice nostalgic episode of Dragon Ball Z. If I feel confident enough the night before an exam, I like doing this because it’s a low stress way of making sure I remember the material.

But sometimes this doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you’ve gotta put in a little more E-F-F-O-R-T.  Now I’ve experienced my fair share of final fails and wins, but over the past few years there have been two strategies that I use that have ALWAYS resulted in me getting a good final grade.

Strategy A: The Buddy System- The best way to acquire knowledge is through different perspectives. When finals come around and I’ve got a lot of information to look over, I call a couple classmates, get out a textbook, and divide and conquer that mess like Napoleon. This strategy is great for covering a large amount of information and it can also turn out to be pretty fun. Just make sure you don’t invite TOO many classmates because you may end up having less of a study session, and more of a “I don’t want to do this, I just want to complain and waste time on Facebook” session.

Strategy B: Immersion- Sometimes a textbook just can’t get the job done. When I’m studying for a test that requires a lot of critical thinking (Philosophy, Chemistry, History) I like to study information from outside sources on the Internet like YouTube. They help me really immerse myself in the topics I need to study for and expose some key points that perhaps the textbook didn’t cover.

So whether you use these techniques or you’ve got some tricks of your own, remember, the key thing is preparation. The more you prepare, the more you win. And we all want to win, especially when it comes to finals. Am I right?