How to Prepare for Finals and Study Hacks

Friday, May 15, 2015

So it's almost the end of the year, everyone's excited, planning summer vacations, bucketlists, etc. But then you realize,  I still have to take my exams. Then you totally freak. It's only a few weeks. But Enfiniti to the rescue.... no need to panic here's some things that'll help.
Before the Exam

~ Study!
Studying is the number one key unless your one of those people who can look at the board and memorize something... STUDY. Even if you are that person, still just please study. For some studying may feel overwhelming and I know the feeling... So break it up into parts. Get a planner and break it down:
Monday~ History
Tuesday~ Trig
Wednesday~ AP Economics
Thursday~ AP English
Friday~ Biology
And so on. Please don't wait to study last minute, it's the most common mistake for teens.

Have a neat study area, that way it won't be so overwhelming to study... It'll be easier to move around, and it be easier to study since it's an organized area. It your area you should have a container to hold your pens and pencils and another for highlighters, markers, and correctional pens. Your sticky notes in a sticky note holder/container. Your planner of course, Kate Spade or Lilly Pulitzer,  unfortunately Lilly Pulitzer is out of stock, but Kate Spade is still in, and it's still preppy and cute! Have a binder with dividers for each subject and LOTS of papers, and don't forget your NOTES!
Flashcards, as kiddie as it sounds, are actually pretty helpful. I use them most for all of my subjects, especially for Science and History. Flashcards are also great for those last minute study people out there. But for you who are wondering, still why use flashcards, they get lost anyway? While that may be true here are some other reasons they're helpful:
1. Review
~By writing flashcards, you review things you need to know

2. They can be used anywhere
~ Such as standing in line, at lunch, walking, on a boat, etc.

3. Last Minute Solver
~ Good to use as a quick reminder right before a test, when you don't have time to look through your notebook. If your anything like me, flash cards are awesome, if I look at something or review right before, then I'm good, but I still like to study to be on the safe side.

Review your notes, highlight and study the IMPORTANT stuff. Why go over something that wouldn't matter on the test for hours when you can be studying the stuff that's important or that you don't know. Like you might know the Pythagorean Theorem, something you know, then you get to the test and starts asking about Parabola, something you suck at but didn't study.

Music. Yes it's okay to listen to music, without music I wouldn't get anything done. Not this blog post, my grades would give you the impression that I'm a delinquent, etc. Music motivates me to get stuff done, it keeps me going so I do it.
Eat a Balanced Breakfast.
Eat something healthy and light, nothing heavy because you'll get full and when your full, you get sleepy. Eat something enough to give you energy. Fruit is a great choice, it's tasty, delightful, simple, and something to get your blood pumping and you fully awake.

Get lots and lots of sleep. So that your body is energized, you don't want to look like crap at exams nor do you want to fall asleep and lose time for you to finish your test. So don't stay up til 2 in the morning studying, on the phone, or hanging out. Trust me there will be time for all of that but right now NO.
***Little advice: Just because your peers MIGHT not be serious about this doesn't mean you don't have to either, for some this determines if you graduate and go to college, others if you just get promoted to the next level. So take it serious, you don't want to be in the same grade or classes do you? Nor do you want to be a senior again or taking remediation in college, not saying it's bad, if you need help then get it, please do, but if you don't why even take that chance?
So, again get your sleep and let your brain rest for it will soon be going to work for a couple hours.
During The Exam
Don't Stress!
Don't stress it, do your test with confidence, study with confidence, do everything with confidence, for if you stress or second guess yourself or worry, the outcome won't be as pretty as that Lilly dress you own. Plus stress is never good for you, it cause high blood pressure and cholesterol, anxiety, hyperventilation, and depression. So yeah don't stress the test. Give that test your all and walk out that room like you just won National's. 
Dress Comfortable.
Throw on some sweatpants, your favorite college sweatshirt, some Nike's, and take your test. Something comfortable, so don't throw on the dress you wore to the charity gala, for God's sake your taking a test not meeting the world's top socialites. Plus when you dressed comfortable, you fill comfortable, so I don't know about you but I don't to sit for hours in a Tory Burch dress and stilettos or Jack Rogers Wedges and a Lilly dress, I want to sit in a sweatshirt, some leggings, yoga pants, or something of that nature, so my feet aren't killing me and my legs aren't freezing. Be comfortable and stylish at the same time though so you don't look like you just woke up and left, unless your Beyonce.

What to take into exams.
You should take in with you:
#2 pencils or mechanical pencils
A water bottle (Camelbak peferably)
A gronola bar or Special K snack
a Vera Bradley or Lilly Pulitzer wristlet.
An extra jacket.
After Exams
Now you can go out and have fun and party. Hang out with friends, have a movie night, etc. You deserve it you just did hours of testing, and did it with pride now celebrate. And when you get those results back... celebrate even more, have a gathering or nice bonfire with friends, y'all totally earned it.

So that's to it, hope's this helps. Some links that go along and might be useful:

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