As we all know, final exams are right around the corner and its time to hit the books! I get it; these exams are the only thing standing in the way between you and your winter break. However, now is the time to focus, as these exam grades reflect the hard work that you’ve put in throughout the entire term. We want to make sure all that hard work was worth it! So, I decided to put together a list of my top 5 studying tips to help all of my fellow students out! These tips are simple and they work!

Things to Do.

Create a plan!

Rather than sitting down for hours trying to study the same concept over and over, create a detailed plan. By creating a schedule for yourself, you will be less likely to catch your self-scrolling through your Facebook feed and more likely to be productive. For example, create a schedule that looks something like this: 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, you’ll make notes on Chapter 1-3 in your Finance textbook, take a 15-minute break to grab a snack, go over your professors lecture notes, and wrap it all up by doing a few practice questions. When you have completed all the tasks on your study schedule for the day, give yourself time to relax! Research shows, shorter study periods are more effective than trying to study all night. Also, by creating a list of things you need to do you will feel more accomplished as you cross them off.

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Practice, practice, practice.

I’ve noticed that most students, even myself tend to think if we read all the content for the course that they will be set for the exam. However, that is not always the case, as you need to know how to apply what you just read. So, make sure you do practice questions from the textbook or ones provided by your professor. This will ensure you know how to answer the questions on the exam and apply the concepts. Remember, practice makes perfect!

Start Early.

I know this one might be a toughy, as students are still finishing up projects, midterms, and have to balance their personal life. Nevertheless, I advise all of you to start studying as soon as possible! There is nothing worse than having to cram for a final exam that’s worth 40% the night before. Start early, and put aside a few hours a week dedicated to review content from each of your classes. You won’t regret it!

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Fuel your body.

During the end of the term, we tend to have our hands full, which make us more likely to grab some fast food or run on a few hours of sleep. I know that a burger or bag of chips must taste really good after working hours on a paper, but is it worth it? By eating junk food and not getting enough sleep, you are more likely to feel sluggish and be less productive. So, be sure to fuel yourself with healthy snacks and get a full night sleep. You body and mind will thank you!

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Use your resource.

One of the biggest tips I can give you is to take advantage of your resources! Make sure to ask your professors or TA’s for any clarification on concepts your not confident about or even ask your peers to set up a group study session. This way you have more people working together to understand the key concepts and you are more likely to answer the question correctly on an exam. In addition, TRSM has great resources for students such as the Student Resource Centre, which provides students with study sessions, peer tutoring, or even mock exams. For more information on the Student Resource Centre be sure to take a look at their webpage.

And there you have it, my top 5 study tips to help you ace your exams! I hope these tips help you out and I wish you all the best on your exams. I would also love to hear some of your study tricks and tips! Feel free to share them in our comment section below!

Posted by Alysia Harji

Alysia Harji is a current direct-entry Marketing Management major. She has a love for brand management, finance, traveling and fashion. When she is not balancing motherhood, work and being a student, you can see her sipping a chai tea latte, blogging or watching marathons of Suits and Pretty Little Liars in her fuzzy slippers.

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