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The Holidays Are Upon Us! Tips on how to prepare for your final exams.

A well-deserved break is coming up as the holidays draw near, but first, you’ll have to tackle final exams. This is a stressful time for many students, as exams are taken all at once, and are usually comprehensive. Pushing away the thought of finals may seem tempting, but if you go this route, you’re setting yourself up for burnout. So, it’s better to start prepping now so you’re not rushing with a mountain of work at the end:

  • Take a step back and look at your organization skills. Gather basic materials, such as highlighters, sticky notes, and folders. Don’t forget a planner or calendar to jot down important dates and times, too.

  • Decide if you want to study solo, or if a study group would be better for you. Study groups have the advantage of interacting with your classmates, and you can always help each other out. You can always find a quiet place to study on your own instead, at home, the library, or a quiet space of your choosing.

  • Find a balance between study blocks and breaks. Spend roughly 30-60 minutes covering the material, then take a 10-minute break. After a few hours, take a half-hour break to get a snack or some fresh air to re-charge.

  • Explore different study techniques! Sometimes, these techniques can be fun when learning new material, such as: mnemonic devices, analogies, acronyms, and more. When you’re comfortable, try testing yourself with a practice quiz, or explaining the material to someone else.

  • Don’t forget to practice self-care! Make sure you’re getting a full night of sleep, maintaining a balanced diet, and regular exercise. Remember, the end is in sight, and you can rock these final exams!

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