Students should start preparing for finals now
The fall semester is finally coming to an end. Midterms are finally over and done with, and all that is standing in the way of winter break is final projects, papers and exams. The end of the semester may always feel like a drag to some students, but it is important not to get too relaxed until the examination period is over.
A lot of us put off assignments, even when we have time to get them done right away. There can be a number of reasons why we put them off, whether we’re distracted by social media or we have a fear of doing the assignment wrong. While all of this inevitably happens, one thing you should not do is cram before an exam.
While we have a little under a month before the examination period begins, the best thing students can do is start preparing for exams now. Having that leeway can bring down stress and help you feel like you aren’t under a tremendous amount of pressure.
Cramming may work for some people because they might go with their first instinct and end up being right. However, it’s not usually advised because of the negative effects it has on grades. It’s better to study the material well beforehand and then revisit it either the day before or the day of in order to retain the information.
Of course, cramming is better than not looking at the material at all, but it’s certainly not the best option. In the long run, you will lose out on sleep, which may result in students using stimulants to keep them awake. As a result, during the test, you will not only have a lack of concentration, but also a bad test performance.
It all comes down to making a balanced schedule, as well as how committed you are to your schoolwork. You will find that you have more time for leisure if you prioritize and complete tasks in order of importance rather than just waiting until it piles up. There will always be distractors, but you can’t let that get to you. It will be more rewarding to do what you want when you know you’re caught up with what you have to do.
If you break small tasks up over a course of time, it can end up being more manageable. It’s also best to look into long term goals. Instead of being caught up with the immediate gratification of friends, you need to think about where you want to be five years from now. Students need to ask themselves what exactly is it that is preventing them from doing what they need to do. Once they determine what that is, all they need to do is figure out when enough is enough.