Finals Studying Tips

Finals Studying Tips

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Finals are just around the corner, and that means it’s time to study. Here are a few tips to make that dreaded studying a little bit easier.

  1. Ask your teacher: Talk to your teacher and see what you need to study
  2. Get lots of sleep: Sleep if very important, and you brain can’t function well without it. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep  the nights before finals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  person_sleeping
  3. DRINK WATER & eat healthy: Your brain also can’t function well without water, make sure to drink a lot so you can stay focused on studying. Eating healthy is very important for keeping your body awake with energy. A few things you can try is yogurt with frozen blueberries, Toast and a vegetable omelet with 100 percent fruit juice,  and hummus with veggies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Greek-yogurt-with-frozen-berries
  4. 45/15 Rule: You NEED to take breaks, cramming too much in and not taking a break to process it will make you not understand it as well. Study for 45 minutes, and then take 15 minutes; it is scientifically proven to help you study better.
  5. Study with buddies ONLY if it helps you: Studying with friends can be great. If they help you, but if they distract you, it’s better to study alone.
  6. Switch places periodically: Studying in one place for hours at a time can be boring and get you off task. Try going to the library or a coffee shop, and even switch rooms around you house.
  7. Make a schedule: This is very crucial part of studying. If you are not organized than it will take long to study. Use a calendar or your agenda and plan out what days you will study your subjects and for how long.
  8. Make a homemade practice test: Practice tests are very essential to doing well on the tests. After you have studied and feel like you understand the material, make a practice test, or try to find one online.
  9. Relax: You don’t want to stress yourself out too much or you can’t study or do as well on the tests. During your break time, hang out with your pet, exercise, or read a book; all of these are great for relaxing.
  10. Teach it: This may seem foolish, but if you are able to teach what you have been learning in your own words, than you are able to understand it better. Pretend you are teaching to students that are just a little bit younger than you.

 

Mnemonic Study Strategies:

 

Name Mnemonics: The first letter of each word is use to make a word examples;

ROY G. BIV- RED,ORANGE-YELLOW-GREEN-BLUE-INDIGO-VIOLET

Word Mnemonics:

FANBOYS: FOR, AND, NOR, BUT, OR,  YET, SO

 

PEMDAS: PARENTHESIS, EXPONENTS,  MULTIPLICATION, DIVISION, ADDITION, SUBTRACTION

 

Associations Mnemonics: Try to think of something that reminds you of the word or thing that you are trying to memorize.

FINAL EXAMS SCHEDULE Jan 20-22

Semester 1 Finals Day 1: Tuesday, January 20

8:00 – 9:45 AM: Review and Study Session *

9:45 – 10:00 AM: Break

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Exam Period 1

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Exam Period 3

2:00 – 2:45 PM: Review and Study Session *

2:45 – 3:45 PM: Teacher Grading Time

Semester 1 Finals Day 2: Wednesday, January 21

8:00 – 9:30 AM: Exam Period 5

9:30 – 10:00 AM: Break

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Exam Period 6

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Exam Period 7

2:00 – 3:45 PM: Teacher Grading Time

Semester 1 Finals Day 3: Thursday, January 22

8:00 – 9:45 AM: Review and Study Session *

9:45 – 10:00 AM: Break

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Exam Period 2

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Exam Period 4

2:00 – 3:45 PM: Teacher Grading Time

* Indicates that teachers are available in their classrooms

January 23 – Teacher Grading Day (no school)

January 26 – Staff Development Day (no school)

 

 

 

 

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