5 High School Study Tips for the Finals
Preparing for your finals is never easy. Above all, it’s stressful, but it also takes a lot of time and energy. Here are five tips on how to upgrade your performance and maximize your efficiency.
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You know exactly when your exam is, so start preparing for it early. This means you shouldn’t fall behind on your homework and essays. Every task you’re assigned is given to you for a good reason and they help you get ready for your HSC or VCE. It’s understandable that you’re young and want to spend time with your friends, so try making a timetable and sticking to it. That way, you can plan your every activity, including social activities. The world won’t end if you’re late with one assignment, but don’t let it become a habit. In the end, it all comes down to your hard work, so you need to realize that you’re doing it all for yourself and your future.
Have your study materials ready
If you’re going to study, you need to know where from. This will be easier if you start collecting your study materials early on. Whenever you get ready for an in-school assessment, be sure to keep your books and notebooks, so that you can revise when it’s time for your finals. Keeping your notes coherent and organized is a very important part of the preparation for the finals, so try not to be lazy and always write down anything important. However, if you didn’t take notes on time, don’t be too alarmed. Most of the information you need can be found in textbooks for each subject, or you can turn to your friends for help. If you can’t copy one of your friends’ notes, you can always find practical VCE notes online, along with useful essays and other study materials. These can also be quite helpful if you don’t think your own notes are organized enough.
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As important as it is to study regularly and in detail, it’s also very important to take regular breaks. You’re not a robot and you don’t want to get too stressed out, so when you see that it’s too difficult for you to absorb new information, or you simply feel too tired, take a break. Listen to some music, watch some TV, get some fresh air, or do anything else to help you relax and recharge your batteries for when you continue studying. Also, if you’re about to switch from studying one subject to another, take a break. It will allow what you’ve learned so far to sink in before you move on to something new and different.
Develop an exam strategy
If you’re nervous about your exams, plan ahead. This means that you should know exactly how to go through the exam itself. Get familiar with the form of the exercises and assignments you’re going to get in your exam and avoid the element of surprise. Being surprised on such an important day can cause additional stress, so try avoiding that. If there’s an exercise you can’t remember how to do, skip it and do other tasks, then return to it after a while. Maybe then it’ll come to you and you’ll know exactly what to do with it.
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Eat, sleep, walk and talk
Finally, don’t let your life turn into mere studying. Make sure you get enough sleep, especially on the day of the exam. Eat regularly and try to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Also, take a walk every day, at least a short one. Fresh air can only help you improve your performance and think clearly. And don’t forget to talk to people. Whether it’s your family, friends, teachers or other school staff, ask if you have any questions, problems or doubts. Everyone can use the support, so just ask for it.
Bear in mind you’re not the first or the only student that has to prepare for the finals. It’s easier when you know others share your problems and concerns. Just do your best. And don’t forget – you can do it!