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As finals week approaches, it’s important to properly prepare for your exams and make sure you take advantage of the time you have left before the semester ends. Winter break is right around the corner, but first you need to (attempt to) pass all of your finals! Keep reading to find out some of the most helpful tips to prepare for finals week.

1. Don’t PROCRASTINATE

Studying at Milner Library until the crack of dawn is the stereotypical finals’ week for college students here at ISU; however, the best way to ace your exams is by getting a good amount of rest each night. To achieve this, you will simply need to avoid procrastinating. This is way easier said than done, but it will help you in the long run. Studying effectively during the daytime is a wonderful way to prevent cramming before your tests. To ensure you get a good night of sleep, use your time wisely during the day and make sure you are studying hard and utilizing the time you have before it’s too late.

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2. Complete the study guides

If your professors are nice enough, they will provide their students with some sort of review guide for the final exam. If this applies to you, make sure you take advantage of this! Your professor is trying his/her best to prepare you for what is to come, so use this study tool to your advantage. If you don’t finish the study guide, you may end up missing easy questions and possibly drop a letter grade due to your laziness. Check Reggienet to see if any of your professors posted review guides, and use them to your advantage to ensure that you know the material on the upcoming exam.

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3. Ask questions

If you are one of those students that has no idea what’s going on during class, make sure you contact your professor for help. Don’t avoid a confusing subject or skip a difficult math problem without being confident in your skills. Don’t hesitate to reach out to other people in your class. Most likely, other students are struggling too. So get together and help one another! There are plenty of resources at ISU (especially during finals week) that you may find helpful. In preparation for exam week, Illinois State provides students with numerous study groups and tutoring sessions. Click here for more information.

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4. Eat Healthy

You all have heard this tip before, but it is one of the most important tips that students tend to skip over. Breakfast is important. Eating a healthy diet is important. Make sure you aren’t in the library 24/7! You need time to eat! You don’t want to end up being that person with a growling stomach during your 2-hour exam. The dining centers at ISU provide students with numerous options, so it’s important to choose your food wisely. So prepare yourself properly, and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to get ready for your big testing week.

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5. Use your time wisely

This kind of goes along with the first point, but you MUST use your time wisely in order to do well on your exams. If you want to roll out of bed with zero studying done & just wing it, go for it. But if you want to be a responsible Redbird and get straight A’s this semester, start studying early so you don’t end up cramming the morning of the exam. It’s important to start studying DAYS (or weeks) before an exam…not hours. And to do this, you’ll have to use your time wisely. Just work hard and try your best to manage your time. And if you feel like you need a break from studying, visit the therapy dogs that will be at Milner during finals week!

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Helpful Resources

There are plenty of resources here at Illinois State that will help you survive finals week. Below are a few that you may find helpful:

Writing Assistance

If you need help preparing for your final essay, visit ISU’s Writing Assistance page. There are free drop-in hours offered at Milner Library and specific guidelines that will help you become a better writer. If your final exams require a written essay, take advantage of these assisted writing sessions this week!

Tutoring

If you are in need of a tutor, visit the Illinois State Tutoring Schedule for more information. Here you are able to see the specific times in which tutoring is available during finals week. If you have never attended a tutoring session before, there is still time to get last minute help!

Study Groups

Illinois State is offering study groups for a variety of different courses. If you need assistance in any one of your classes, feel free to visit the ISU Study Group Page. Find the course that you need assistance for and explore the numerous resources that are listed on the site. You can also find a study group and help each other out if need be.

Exam Workshop

The semester is almost over! You need one last effort to finish strong. This workshop at Illinois State will help you develop a successful study strategy for final exams, including how to make the most of your study tools, how to manage stress, where you can study most effectively, etc. Visit the ISU Exam Workshop page for more information on how to sign up.

 

Overall, it’s important to properly prepare for finals week here at ISU. Most importantly, remember to try your best! Put forth the effort and all of your hard work will eventually pay off. If you follow all of these steps and use the resources that ISU has to offer, you will surely do well on your final exams. Finals week may be a stressful time for college students, but as long as you try your best and put in effort to do well, you will succeed.

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Anna Tonarelli

Currently a freshman at Illinois State University & majoring in Elementary Education in hopes of becoming a teacher in the future


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