Miss Yellow Jacket: Finals Survival Guide

Okay Yellow Jackets, it is officially crunch time. We have three weeks to go until finals, and it is time to start preparing for all of the final exams, papers and projects. Thus, here is Miss Jacket’s Finals Survival Guide.

Step One:

First and foremost, you need to turn off all of your distractions when the time comes to study. That means turn off the X-Box, your phone, YouTube and Netflix and pick up your books.

I know it can be hard to actually put everything away and un-plug for a couple of hours, but when it comes down to finals, it is really important to be as prepared as possible and to study without distractions.

Step Two:

The second thing that you should do is not procrastinate.

Procrastination is probably one thing that most of us have in common, like waiting until last minute to finish a paper or waiting until the night before to look back at your notes.

Procrastination is something we have all done at least once, and it pays not to. It adds extra stress and anxiety to an already stressful time, and it is just not worth it.

Step Three:

The third step is knowing your strengths. When preparing to study, you can make more effective use of your time simply by knowing your strengths and weaknesses.

By knowing which materials need more attention than others, you will be able to allot the appropriate amounts of time for sections of material that you may have struggled with a little bit more.

Step Four:

The fourth step is knowing how you learn. There are three common ways in which people learn. One way is visually, another is through audio or listening and another is kinesthetically. By knowing the best way that you learn, it will make studying easier.

Visual Learners: For visual learners, there are a lot of different things that you can do to prepare for your finals.

Some techniques include re-reading your notes, reading through your textbook and looking through diagrams, maps and pictures.

Another technique, which would also fall under kinesthetic, would be to make flash cards, a study guide or an outline that provides you with a visual aid.

Kinesthetic Learners: For kinesthetic learners, making flash cards, study guides and outlines helps to ingrain the information into your brain. Another   could be to re-write your notes.

I know this could be tedious and time consuming, but as a kinesthetic learner myself, I find that this really helps.

Auditory Learners: Auditory learners also have a myriad of study options. One option could be to record your professors’ lectures, record yourself reading the notes or listening to lectures online.

Online lectures can be really helpful, especially if you are still a little confused about a topic. It often works out that different lecturers have different methods of teaching and explaining a topic.

Step Five:

The fifth step is to make lists and schedule out your studying. It is especially important to schedule out your studying so that you have enough time to go over everything you need before your exam.

Making lists and keeping a planner can be particularly helpful so that you stay on track and stay organized.

One of the worst feelings is walking into an exam realizing you forgot to study something.

Step Six:

The sixth and final step is walk into your exams confident. You have sat through this class for an entire semester, and you are prepared.

You have learned everything that you need to know to ace that test, and you have studied as much as you could. Walk into your tests knowing that you have the knowledge to pass them. Half of the battle of taking a test is the mind game that you play with yourself.

Confidence is the key to passing a test.

Believe that you have the knowledge and know that you have prepared yourself as best as you could and you can pass.

You have the tools, now good luck with finals, my fellow Yellow Jackets, and enjoy the rest of this semester as it is starting to simmer down.

Also, do not forget to tweet me your questions using #MissYellowJacket and maybe I will answer your question right here in the paper.

-Miss Jacket

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