It feels like it was just yesterday that we were welcoming a new class in with Freshman Week. We’ve since discussed a range of topics, from making the most of course syllabi to exam tips. Those tips are now more important than ever as we come closer and closer to the end of the semester.

If your finals are this week, we wish you all the luck, and hope you studied hard using the tips we’ve shared over the past few months. If you’ve still got a few days to spare, be sure you’re utilizing your time effectively. To help you with any last-minute cramming, here’s a list of great posts to get you through the next few weeks with your grades and sanity in check.

There are plenty of other great HackCollege posts on studying and getting ready for finals, but overloading you with ways to study better would be counter-productive. If you’re looking for a quick jolt of inspiration to get you going, here are a few simple tips to make getting started easier:

  • Go through your notes and re-organize them into a packet for an imaginary classmate. Thinking of ways you’d teach the subject to others is a great way to learn more yourself and retain the information for exams.
  • If you’re beginning to stress out, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes away from your notes. You’re not going to remember much if your mind is completely focused on the fact that you might not be fully prepared.
  • Don’t know where to start? Pick your weakest area and read through it, taking additional notes to reinforce the subject.
  • Get together with a friend and just talk about the class. Have a set of talking points, but set aside your notes. This will help you understand where you should be focusing most of energy.
  • Don’t force yourself to start. Rolling out of bed and jumping into things with blurry vision is not a great strategy for remembering the subject matter.

Getting a proper start is the best advice we can offer. The perfect study session is one where you feel inspired to get through things. If this means relaxing in the morning and working in the afternoon, that’s what you should do. Your best work comes when you’re most comfortable and able to focus.

Good luck! And let us know how you’re preparing in the comments below.


Image: Lourdes Nightingale