Seven Tips For Finals Success

The semester is nearly over and the only thing standing between you and winter break are final exams. Finals week can be stressful for any student, but with preparation and good study strategies, you can confidently tackle anything an exam throws at you.  

The faculty and staff at UW Colleges are committed to your success and you've prepared for this all semester. Studying hard and using all the resources available will give you a good jump on a successful finals week. Here are some tips to get you started:

1) Create a study schedule

1) Create a study schedule

You're a student, so obviously you're busy. Before diving into your materials, have an idea of what subject you want to study, how long you'll study for and which material is most important for the exam. Prioritize which exams you think will be more difficult and note others that may be easier to study for.

2) Use your resources

2) Use your resources

Your campus has a ton of resources to help you succeed on finals. The Online Writing Center has tips on writing essays and academic advisors can help you with a variety of subjects.  

3) Ask your professor about it

3) Ask your professor about it

Don't forget to ask your professors about your exams! You've learned from them all semester, and they can be a great resource to learn what is going to be on the exam, important topics to study and what the exam will be like.

4) Start early, avoid cramming

4) Start early, avoid cramming

We've all been there, when we know an exam isn't for another week it can be easy to put off studying. There's so much time! That is, until it's the night before the test and you haven't studied nearly enough. As you create your schedule, make sure you have enough time to cover important topics, review the main points and leave enough time so you don't have to pull an all-nighter.

5) Study for the type of exam you're taking

5) Study for the type of exam you're taking

Is the exam multiple choice? Will you need to write an essay? Take a moment to learn what you're up against and then focus on the best information for that type of exam. Specific concepts and definitions are usually the focus of multiple choice questions and you'll need to know broad concepts and examples for essays!

6) Minimize your distractions

6) Minimize your distractions

It's fun to check out the latest stories on Snapchat, escape to another corner of the world on Instagram or see what's happening on the campus Facebook page (right??), but all of that distracts you from actually studying. Keep distractions at a minimum to get the most out of your study session.

7) Don't forget about your well-being

7) Don't forget about your well-being

Final exams can cause a lot of stress, but remember not to get too caught up. Get plenty of sleep, take short study breaks and if you're ever feeling overwhelmed our counselors are here to help.

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