The sun is shining, birds are chirping and you can basically feel summer vacation in the air. So obviously, the number one thing you want to be doing is studying for finals, right?
Oh, final exams. That giant mountain standing between you and sweet summer freedom. Still, finals are usually a big chunk of your grade and not something to be treated lightly. You really should put the effort into doing your best and using good study strategies, so that you can finish out the school year on a strong note.
But I’m not going to sugarcoat it and act like studying for finals isn’t a whole lot of work. Flashcards, combing through old notes, remember what the quadratic equation… it’s a lot. I still stand by my belief that studying is important, but if you’re looking to try and ace your exams with the least amount of effort possible, I can definitely think of a few things that are worth a try. Hey, it’s your grades! Here are 10 ways to make studying for finals way easier:
Get Your Supplies In OrderI mean, what's the point of studying if you get into the exam room and realize you don't even have a sharpened pencil? Perhaps your time would have been better spent preparing your writing utensils. Instead of rereading everything you already listened to in class, put your electric pencil sharpener in reach and just sharpen pencils during all your TV commercials. Seriously, you'll be super prepared for test day... at least when it comes to pencils. Source: Shutterstock.com
Watch The Movie VersionRealized you didn't actually read "Hamlet" for class? Then it's totally okay to just watch The Lion King to get the main gist. Just be careful you don't actually refer to Hamlet as "Simba" in your final exam essay. That may raise some red flags. Seriously, here's a whole list of movies inspired from your reading list. I mean, they are probably word-for-word dialogue and plot from the original... I mean, Hamlet was a lion after all, right? Source: Shutterstock.com
Rewrite Your NotesSometimes re-writing notes is a good way to help refresh your memory. Instead of just writing them on a scrap of paper you're just going to throw away (not eco-friendly!) why not write them on your hand! No paper wasted! Oh, it didn't wash off in time for the actual exam? Well, that's a totally innocent coincidence. Source: Shutterstock.com
Go To Your TeacherSometimes you study and you take the test and feel like it didn't help. No what will help your grade, no matter if you choose to circle A, B or C? A little good old fashioned bribery. Instead of spending all those hours studying and not retaining the info, instead bake up a big batch of cupcakes (way more fun than studying, right?). Give one to your teacher as a reminder of how wonderful of a student you are. The rest of them? Umm, those are totally for you! Snack away knowing you got an A! Probably... Source: Shutterstock.com
Let History Repeat ItselfYou're heard the saying that "history repeats itself," so then it probably makes sense that you can repeat history papers for your final exams, right? You put all that work in last year, so might as well make it last. Just Wite-Out the grade, change the date and hand it back in. Your teacher has read hundreds of papers since then, so she probably won't even notice. Source: Shutterstock.com
Get Some SleepSleep is super important to get you ready for exam day, but you lead a busy and social life. That's why it's totally cool to catch up on important pre-exam sleep by dozing off in your classes. Hey, you have to take it when you can get it! It's not like you'll miss any last minute study hints, right? Source: Shutterstock.com
Get A Good BreakfastIn addition to sleep, you also need a good breakfast to get your mind moving. That means you should definitely go out to breakfast before your finals and get as many courses as you want. Feel free to charge the school for your breakfast! Plus, if you're late to your 8 am final because you went out to breakfast, at least you have a totally legit reason for missing your final that the school will have to understand. Source: Shutterstock.com
Hit The BooksLike, literally. Take out your finals anger by just hitting some books. When your mom asks what you did yesterday and you say, "Oh, I hit the books," you won't be lying and she won't question that you were studying for your finals. Bonus: you can do this while you watch TV or listen to music - who said "studying" was boring?! Source: Shutterstock.com
Have A Multi-Choice StrategyOkay, so you could study the content for the answers, but that's a lot to cover and who knows what will actually be on the test. Why not focus on the answers you know will be there: A, B, C, D. Teachers are always offering tricks for narrowing down multi-choice questions, but make it simple on yourself by spending your study time thinking about what you'll go with on test day. I'm feeling B. You're bound to get some right if you just stick with one answer - and you didn't even need to put in all those study hours! Source: Shutterstock.com
Protest FinalsReally, really don't want to study? Take a seat on the front steps and protest taking finals. I mean, as a lazy girl you shouldn't have to do what you don't want! In fact, a sit-in protest doesn't sound bad - literally, you'll just get to sit outside for a while and not move! Your ambition to really throw yourself into a passion project will probably inspire some of your teachers to reward you. They probably don't want to spread their time grading everyone's finals anyway, so perhaps a few of them will join your side! Source: Shutterstock.com
How many final exams do you have this year? How do you go about studying for finals? Tell us in the comments!