How to Ace Your Finals

I can’t believe that it is finals week {for me} already! I feel like it has been forever since I’ve done a College Tips post, but here it is!

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably freaking out already over finals {and have been for awhile now} but that is completely okay! Finals are stressful, and there is nothing wrong with admitting it, but I want to make it easier for you!

Sleep Your brain needs sleep to be able to retain and then recall the information that you are cramming into it the night before the exam. If you don’t get enough sleep, it will be as if you didn’t even study for the exam at all, and you definitely don’t want that. These exams are important but so is your body and to have your body do what you need it to do, you need to give it what it needs to do it.

Take Study Breaks You need to give yourself breaks when you study. After continuous studying, you just can’t seem to focus anymore, so take a break! When you return you will feel refreshed and also feel like you’re looking at it with a fresh set of eyes. Make sure you time your study break and that when it is time to get back to studying, you get back to work.
Keep Study Space Organized I remember hearing this a long time ago and I know I feel this way when studying. If your study space {or bedroom, apartment, etc} is disorganized and messy, then you will not be able to study effectively. It’s basically like your brain is disorganized as well. You need to keep your study space and the room you are studying in organized otherwise you won’t be able to focus on your studying.

Break Up Classes Don’t try to study for every class at the same time! However don’t study for one class all day! Set up certain periods of study time and only study that one class for that period. Then take your study break and when you return, study for another class. I’ve tried studying for one class all day and after awhile you just can’t stand to look at that subject anymore. Don’t do that to yourself!

Don’t get too hard on yourself! If you do the best that you physically can at the time, that is all anyone can ask for. You’re only human, remember that. Good luck on your finals this semester! May your grades be ever in your favor!

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Lauren has been blogging on Creatively Lauren since 2014. Lauren enjoys helping other bloggers be comfortable and confident in themselves.

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  1. Molly O'Connor
    December 8, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    I always tell all my friends to never stress as long as they're doing the best they can!! Sleep is always one of my top priorities too!

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:04 am

      That's what Matt tells me and it's so true. Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  2. Judy Albright
    December 9, 2015 / 2:58 am

    Great advice !

  3. Shane Prather
    December 10, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    As a recent graduate last year I can surely attest to these tips 🙂

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:05 am

      Congrats on your graduation!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  4. Morgan Flinchum
    December 10, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Good luck on finals and rest easy knowing the holidays are quickly approaching!-MorganHow 2 Wear It []

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:05 am

      Thank you! That is what is definitely getting me through it!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  5. angelintheoutfield
    December 10, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    Great tips! Sleep was never a priority for me during Finals but it should have been my number priority. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:07 am

      It wasn't my freshman year but with working and school and blogging I make it my number #1Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  6. Breakfast at Lillys
    December 10, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Great tips! I think the breaking up classes tip is important because sometimes I would just study all day for one final and then completely have to cram for my next finals.xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:09 am

      It is! Otherwise you get caught up in one class and forget about the othersLauren | The Arizona Prepster

  7. Fairy Princess Jord
    December 10, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    Sleep is SO important! I just don't get how some people pull all nighters…I would fail any exam if I did that!

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:09 am

      I don't either, I can't function with little or no sleep!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:13 am

      I don't either, I can't function with little or no sleep!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  8. Cristina on Campus
    December 11, 2015 / 12:01 am

    Totally agree with all of these! Honestly, I don't know how people pull all nighters. I break up my stuff during the day and set specific times to study, so that I don't have to stay up all night. Can't take a huge test on no sleep!X,

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:10 am

      I agree, I don't get it either! Yes, you have to plan study time, even breaks if you have to!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  9. Ashley
    December 11, 2015 / 2:44 am

    These are great tips! I used to forgo sleep for extra study time and learned the hard way that wasn't the best way to be successful. Getting a good nights rest before the big test is SO important! xo Ashley

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:12 am

      Sleep before a test really is so important!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  10. Lindsey Aleson
    December 11, 2015 / 4:03 am

    Sleep is a necessity!

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:12 am

      Definitely!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  11. Kate Steadman
    December 11, 2015 / 4:34 am

    A clean work space is everything!! It really does make the biggest difference in productivity.xo,Sara Kate Styling

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:12 am

      It is! Many don't even think about it but it makes a huge difference!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  12. Kayla Rivoli
    December 11, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    These tips are all so important and SO true! Good luck with finals :)Kayla |

    • Lauren Douglass
      December 12, 2015 / 5:13 am

      Thank you! Good luck yourself!Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  13. Jordyn Upchurch
    December 12, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    Staying organized was so, so important for me! I would make tons of to-do lists and organize my agenda!xoxo, SSThe Southern Stylista

  14. Kayleigh Adam
    December 12, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Such great tips! I'm so not

  15. Caro @ The Caro Diaries
    December 13, 2015 / 3:55 am

    These are all such great tips! I'm in my second to last finals period right now, and I'm dying! I guess I forgot some of these tips (senioritis?!)!

  16. Nicole Simonetti
    December 13, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    Firm believer that an organized study space is a musttt when prepping for finals – great tips gf! Best of luck! x Nicole |

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