Study Tips for Finals: To do’s and Not to do’s


You can last minute an assignment, but you can’t last minute an exam – study advice to keep in mind qwq

I had to learn this the hard way you see, since I’m also one of those people that prefer to live on the edge. Or rather, prefer to procrastinate till there’s not enough time left to do everything. But somehow, I’ve always managed to scrape by, until mid-term exams this year where I really struggled. The work piles and piles, and it’s much easier to run away until there’s no other choice, delaying the inevitable. But hey, things don’t always have to be so difficult and here we’ll show how studying can be made easier.

Hang on! – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

Take some advice from a fellow struggler.

Procrastination and Distractions

Procrastination, you see, is a choice. A lifestyle choice that can turn into a habit. It is a student’s worse enemy, manifesting itself whenever distraction is lurking at the corner of our eye. One second you’re reading some english notes, decided to play some music and the next second you’re watching whether plants have feelings on youtube. Then finally realising an hour has passed and you’ve barely studied at all. Remember to use your time and study wisely, well before and during an exam.

Due tomorrow, Do tomorrow.

Definitely not the way to go unless you plan to suffer.

Ask for help!

Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help! There’s nothing worse than going into an exam unprepared. If you’re uncertain or confused about anything, you may find it helpful to sort things out with your;

  • Teachers
  • Lecturers
  • Friends and Classmates
  • Family

Set your prioritises straight

Of cause, if you can it’s always good to split time wisely and revise all subjects, though there is a chance that you’ll have to sacrifice a few activities to maintain a balance between work and play. Make sure you understand what can be put aside. The best habit to get into is starting to prepare immediately after receiving a notification, give yourself a minimum of 2-3 weeks if there are multiple subjects to study for.

Work comes first, there’s plenty of time to have fun afterwards~

Motto to live by - From Animal Crossing
Motto to live by – Animal Crossing

Find out (as much as you can) about the exam

Information is the one of the best weapons you can have before the exam. You can find out what topics you’ll have to study as well as other important details such as:

  • How much does the exam contribute to your overall grade?
  • The type of exam (assessment/assignment)
  • Practical or Theory?
  • How much is each question or section worth?
  • Deadline (Date)
  • Other additional information: e.g are notes allowed?

Taking Breaks and Finding Balance

Not the “I’ve written my name now it’s time to play an hour of LOL” type of break (That would be suicide). However, taking breaks in moderation can help in the long run as proven by research. On the other hand, if you overwork yourself thinking it’s best to spend as many hours as possible (on work), it can actually be counterproductive. Other than breaks, eating healthy, a little exercise and getting a good night’s sleep can come a long way.

Study Routine and Strategies

Work out a study routine and plan out some strategies to combat your enemy;

  • Practice past exam papers
  • Organise your notes
  • Participate in study groups
  • Online resources
  • Make a to-do list
  • Test yourself (this is where annoying siblings can come handy)

Find out what works or don’t work for you and what areas are you’re unfamiliar with. Not only will a plan enable you to think ahead and organise, you’ll definitely feel more prepare going into the exam. Keep in mind that everyone has their own way of learning, so find out which of these work best for you.

 Consistent effort

If you think you;re working hard, remember that everyone else could be working just as hard.

Consistent effort is one of the most important things that comes to preparing an exam. Whether it’s listening in class, revising your study notes or practicing everyday, every bit helps. Consistent effort may be tough at first, especially if you’re not used to it, but it’s a good habit to prevent the cycle of last minute cramming.


And finally, good luck to all those who’re sitting their exams ~


Do you have any study tips that work for you?

What do you think is the most important aspect/tip?


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18 Replies to “Study Tips for Finals: To do’s and Not to do’s”

  1. WARNING:This comment is a bit long

    Do you have any study tips that work for you?

    Tests,exams or passing/decisive measures are a rather vagrant way to put our knowledge with capability combined at it’s own peak.
    I never and still don’t have much difficulty with exams since I don’t find a difficulty or a big obstacle in my way when it comes to facing them head on.

    Yet,as you said distractions do tend to alter that process into a possibility of failure in the future due to lack of knowledge,confidence and knowing how to apply our information in the tests/exams wisely.
    Of course,that happen to me as well during a few years ago,we all faced that phase,it’s fair to say.

    So,I had to gather a superior process that would revolve around beating and ending with a supreme and major outcome on those distractions.
    To question an existence,we can do the simplest things,such as to ask these simple yet complex questions:
    ⦁ When?
    ⦁ How?
    ⦁ Why?

    If you follow a situation where you can’t find a solution because the situation looks helpless or hopeless,do these 3 questions to your resolve.
    For example,when In doubt,I tend to ask these types of questions,like this:

    >”When must I be ready?”
    >”When shall I execute my ideals?”

    A time is always right,not all times,but a simplistic yet almost perfect one.
    Patience will win here,be aware.

    As for the “How”?

    >”How do I get a superior aim at things?”
    >”How can I win my battles?”
    >”How do I gather the resolve and information to aid me on this upcoming matter?”

    Just as every matter is classified in this world’s system,we have to find How to unravel it.
    By the same principle as you cannot open a door that has a lock without the key,you cannot obtain victory if you do not know how to Achieve it.

    It’s rather simple,trust me.
    Practice a lot and your spirit and thought process will elevate.

    Final method,”Why”?
    >”Why do I even try?”
    >”Why care for such little things?”
    >”Why must I care for this and not those things that make me happy instead?”

    Those questions we rather as ourselves a lot of times when a whirlwind of doubts flows through our minds.
    For a long time myself,I didn’t see meaning on these types of things.

    That was until I gathered one thing,called:”Sense of Future”

    Sense of future is something I like to design as an ulterior motivate to captivate our interest and joy even further.
    I see people who dwell in the past to justify the present,yet why must you do that,when you can look at a possible future that can be built around present actions?

    What has meaning on this present can be so much more in the future.
    With that said,you might not see what I meant by all of this,or maybe you do,but I rather relate possible concepts that can work within other areas.

    For example what can work in elevation of both our body and spirit can work with studies as well,that is what I believe in and as helped me so far in exams with ease.

    Of course,you don’t have to believe this,but this is how I study,really.

    What do you think is the most important aspect/tip?

    I was rather indecisive between pledging for help when it comes to learning or simply gathering information.
    But I believe gathering information alone can do so much for you when it comes to exams that it is unfathomable how such way even is allowed.

    Students rather memorize matter instead of understanding it,that’s their most big downfall,memorizing and understanding are two different ways to approach a matter,but they themselves do not realize that.
    I just wish they did.

    Anyways,good article,sorry for the long comment.

    1. np, that was a good answer. I have to completely agree with the memorising instead of understanding point, it’s similar to how a lot of students tend to copy down whatever the teacher has written/said instead of listening, reading over or trying to understand it. Also good advice there.

  2. I once heard of a method of studying where you could hold scented oils under your nose when stidying and then later when taking the test to trigger memories. Pretty cool.

  3. I’m really bad at memorizing, so what I used to do with the hard stuff was to try to gain some insight to understand whatever it was I was studying, so that I could just figure it out on the exam based on that knowledge. Of course, when that fails, just try to link the data to other knowledge.

  4. Tooo bad for me. I’m a procrastinator most of the time, but if this is the thing I love, I will do with the best of my ability

  5. this is good but I hope I remember these when I get back at college. Back when I was a student, I don’t memorize the lesson, I just get familiar with it and my hobbit when studying is smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and chewing gum.

  6. Not all of us reading TheBiem still have to study or pass exams 🙂 So, unfortunately, I have no tips to share with you guys.

  7. Pretty much what you’d experience when going through studies; but my opinion would be work on whatever studies you want; whenever you want – but make it productive and don’t be distracted by anything else before finishing that particular subject.

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