Final Exam Study Tips


Vic Bourdin de Bechillon (’25), who is from France, will be experiencing final exams here in America. photo by Clark Brown

Clarissa Rangle and Clark Brown

The end of the school year is right around the corner, meaning that final exams are coming up. This time of the year can be very challenging and stressful for students, especially seniors.  A lot of students have trouble focusing and avoiding procrastination. Studying takes a lot of time and patience and can make students not put in as much effort. 

One of the most important things about studying and tests is to get as much sleep as you can. Don’t stay up all night studying. Take breaks in between. Also, always remember to eat a nice breakfast. You should eat a nice breakfast every morning, but getting the nutrients you need will help you stay more focused during the day. Another important step in studying is to make sure you have a quiet space to study and stay focused as well as understand the material better with no interfering and distracting noises. 

Music is always a way to help the mind relax. Listening to music has been proven to help people focus and put in more effort. According to researchers, “90% of workers perform better when listening to music, and 88% of employees produce more accurate work”. When listening to music, be sure not to get rid of any distracting devices to help stay focused and aware. There are also many other ways to have a clear focused mindset, so don’t be afraid to try any of them out because everybody learns differently. 

When studying, you should be sure to write down practice questions, make flashcards and even work with a group of people to help you get a better idea of what you need to learn. Taking breaks is also very important. Overworking yourself can lead to tiredness and fatigue, not being self-aware, and even experiencing procrastination. When taking a break, you should either do some breathing exercises, go for a walk, meditate or cook a nice meal to keep yourself energized. 

Final Exams are not easy. Take your time, breathe, and stay focused. Good luck.