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Tips for finals

by Fontbonne University on December 7, 2015

in Academics

So finals are up and this week is almost the last lap of the semester. I believe that all of us have, in one way or another, some struggles to study for exams, especially holiday is so close. Nevertheless, we still need to pass through this period, so that we would not have to worry about GPA or having to retake classes after the long break.

As a master of last-minute studying, I have a few tips for those who work well under time pressure like me.

  1. Procrastinate, but not too much: You should go to sleep early at night, but wake up a little early in the morning. I know a lot of us are not morning people, but still. I’m not telling you to wake up early and study, because for some of us that would not be efficient. Instead, take that little extra time in the morning to procrastinate. For me this is extremely efficient because at some point of time during doing work, my brain would lose focus and wander around for a while. To keep it focus all the time during a timed assessment, I procrastinate first. I go online, talk to my friends, listen to music, watch some short video clips. After a while, I would get bored and would be scared because I have not done my work. And then when I go and do it, I can finish it in one blink, because I’m fully focus.
  2. Sleep, but not too much: Again, go to sleep early and wake up early. Take a 6-hour sleep at night, one 30-minute power nap after lunch. You need at least 6 hours for a fresh mind, and 30 minutes to refresh it. That’s what science says and I’m the living proof for this. Lunch can make you extremely sleepy. Just go to sleep, because if you study, it would not be effective, either.
  3. Take breaks. Lots of breaks: I know when it comes to the very last minute, we would panic and study nonstop. But do you realize that even when you “don’t stop,” you actually find the information harder to memorize, the sentences harder to understand? That is because when you have too many things that you are worried and thinking about, your brain would not be able to concentrate. Take it easy, take a deep breath, drink some ice water if you are not sick, send a snapchat to your friends telling how miserable you are. And then open your revision assignments and do it in one go.

These are the things that I found effective for myself. If you are struggling, try these methods. If you are not, good for you.

Happy study!

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Hey all, Brooke here! With finals quickly approaching… everything on campus seems to be a little more hectic and a little more alive. With this being my 7th finals week at Fontbonne (whoa!), I have a few pointers (or at least places) that may help you survive these next two weeks! At Fontbonne, we are so small you always see the same people, right? Well, that is not the case when you are in the Finals Countdown! Every computer in the library is magically claimed by students that you have never seen before. This may also mean that your favorite study spot has been taken over. No worries – there are plenty of other places you can go!

  • The AMC a.k.a. the Arnold Memorial Center a.k.a the first floor of Medaille. There are at least ten computers here and if they are all taken, there are plenty of spaces where you can hunker down with your own computer. Pro tip: check to make sure there is paper before printing. No paper? No problem! Head into Student Affairs and they will hook you up.
  • Basement of the Library. This may sound creepy or have a dungeon feel, but studying in the basement of the library is my favorite. There are a few different rooms that you can utilize down there! (Don’t forget about the study rooms on the third floor either, they have dry erase boards that come in handy for the perfect study break a.k.a. a game of hangman with whichever friend you conned into coming with you.)
  • Want to get off campus? Head to a coffee shop! Personally, I am a huge Starbucks fan (which is where I’m writing to you from now… so I may be a little biased). Being a Starbucks rewards member = major caffeine perks. (Can you say free refills on iced coffee?) I personally get too distracted on campus these days; I always find someone to talk to which is easily more interesting than reading a textbook. Being at Starbucks helps me to focus more, believe it or not.

Regardless of where you are: focus, think positive, work hard, and I’m sure you’ll do well! Happy studying, Fonties!

~ Brooke

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When it comes to studying at Fontbonne, which is something I have to do a lot of, my location of choice is one of the corners of the second floor of the library. It really helps to be in the quiet atmosphere of the library in a secluded space. When I’m uninterrupted I can focus on my work very well and begin firing away at it. The environment has to be right for me to get into my work zone and the library definitely suits these circumstances. It also helps that the library is encouraged to be a quiet environment so I can always rely on it to be a positive work environment.

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My favorite place to study is in my home office. I enjoy my office because it is quiet, relaxing and I can close myself off from the family to study uninterrupted. Everything that I may possibly need to study without leaving the room is in my office.  I have a refrigerator stocked with water, soda and snacks. I have 2 printers and plenty of paper (1 inkjet, 1 laser). I also have a lounger for relaxing while I read. I keep my office well supplied because I spend a lot of time there and it is my favorite place to study.

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