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Finals Week! – 6 Study Tips & Tricks

Finals Week! – 6 Study Tips & Tricks


Finals week is quickly approaching and it’s
crunch time. How you decide to manage your time and plan
your studying over the next couple weeks will dictate how you perform on exam day. Stay tuned for 6 tips to help you ace your
final exams. What’s going on guys! This is Jay from MedSchoolInsiders.com. Let’s get straight to it. First and most importantly, go into the last
couple of weeks with a plan and get your calendar out and mark the days for each exam. Based on the test days, work your way back
with how you want to review the information. For example, let’s say you have a final
on Monday December 5th and Thursday December 8th. If the first test is much harder and requires
more studying, you may focus solely on that, and then only start studying for test two
only after finishing test one. On the other hand, if the first test is easier,
you may start studying for the second test well before your first test, and then only
study for test 1 for a couple days leading up to it. This obviously depends on your course load
and which finals you have, so figure out what works best for you. Now when I say ‘plan what you’re going to
study’, I literally mean write out what chapters or what topics you plan to review for each
day leading up to the exam. Final exams generally include all of the information
since the beginning of the course. I recommend spending less time reviewing information
that was tested on the midterm and more information from the second half of your course. This is for two reasons. First, you should already be familiar with
information from the first half of the class, after all you took a test on it and therefore
you will need less time to review it. Second, final exams generally favor information
that hasn’t been already assessed in prior exams. Meaning, even though the class is technically
supposed to include information from the whole course, it probably includes a majority of
information since after the midterm. Now, when you’re making this plan, give yourself
some wiggle room. You will probably fall behind on your schedule,
so have a few “catch-up” blocks to account for this. Also, if you are not able to review all the
information that you wanted to on your schedule, don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world,
you can still totally do well on your exam. Now, don’t neglect other areas of your life. True story, I had a friend in college who
took pride in the fact that during finals week, he would not shower for four or five
days straight at a time. That is disgusting, please do not do this. It’s important to remember that you can only
study and absorb so much information in a day. By neglecting other areas of your life, you’re
not doing yourself any favors. Remember, you have to be well-rested, well-fed,
healthy and not stinky to maximize return on your studying and also performance come
test day. Because you can only study so many hours in
a day, longer hours yields diminishing returns, therefore efficiency is the name of the game. Schedule your study breaks around meals, errands
and exercise. For example, wake up, have breakfast then
study for two hours using Pomodoro. At your break, start laundry then do another
two hours of Pomodoro, then have lunch followed by another two hours of Pomodoro. At this point, you’re probably pretty tired
of studying, so go to the gym and get a workout in. I have more information on the Pomodoro Technique
in this video above. Use group study but don’t overdo it. Group study is excellent to maintain motivation
and discuss difficult concepts. However, it also generally slows you down. Therefore, only group study occasionally. Have an agenda with the group as to what lectures
or topics you all want to go over and this will help keep you guys on track. Taking turns teaching difficult concepts to
one another will also benefit everyone involved, especially in classes that are heavy on concepts
and have essay based questions. More on that next. So, tailor your study approach based on the
exam. For physics, math or chemistry, doing loads
of practice questions is probably one of the best ways to prepare for your exam. The exam is gonna have a series of problems
that you need to solve and show your work for. But remember, making sure you review and understand
the mistakes you made are also equally important. So, for more conceptual classes like neurophysiology
or biology, essay questions are more common. Group study here is actually great to reinforce
those difficult concepts. If you can teach a concept to someone else,
chances are that you have a solid grasp of it and you’re ready for the exam. For multiple choice questions, memorization
is king. I recommend focusing on flashcards with space
repetition. The gold standard for this is ANKI. It’s a free software for your computer and
I go over how to use it in this video above. Be sure to do your scheduled ANKI cards every
single day. Waiting until the last couple of days defeats
the purpose of spaced repetition. I talked briefly about spaced repetition and
incorporating Anki into your study routine in this video above. No all-nighters! Do not fall into the trap of thinking that
pulling an all-nighter is the best way to improve your test score. In very very rare situations, is it ever a
good idea to deprive yourself of significant sleep before an exam? It’s more important for you to be sharp than
for you to be cramming before your test. You’ll be tired while studying and during
test day. Additionally, you lose out on the benefits
of REM sleep which actually helps consolidate information you learned. Which brings me to another point, going back
to scheduling your study times and breaks. I recommend you study right before sleeping
for this exact benefit; information learns right before bed has greater rates of retention,
use this to your advantage. Alright guys, that is it for this video. If you found any of these tips helpful, please
press the Like button. New videos are coming out every week, hit
that subscribe button if you have not already and I will see you guys in that next one!

100 thoughts on “Finals Week! – 6 Study Tips & Tricks

  1. How do you recommend studying for biochemistry? I am taking it next semester and want some tips to maximize success.

  2. i know how i will manage my time i will be fused with my chair sitting 18 hours a day waking up 5am and do this for weeks so i will be able to crush 400 pages of text in my brain and becoming a shadow of my human self.

  3. OMG, this has been so insightful….but I'm procrastinating while watching this. Needed the wake up call though.

  4. I have to wonder how to "study right before bed" if it sets my mind racing and I can't sleep. It probably would help to have recreational reading (no screens) available right after the study material.

  5. Omg this was so helpful,
    I was literally the kid who sit the last of the class , but now am the cleverest student in the not just the school but also the history ,
    Thanks man 👌

  6. love this channel and all the videos and your way :D!! i'm in one of the biggest and hardest universities in my country i always have hard time and a lot of pressure esp in final weeks i end up crying sometimes lol bec. the massive amount studying and amount of books i have to go through and because the subjects are so difficult to study & i cant fail and redo them again it just a disaster to be honest that's my motive to study 😀 at less i have one :v
    but your techniques are really good i always use them and it always work with me (: thank u for the video and the drawing i really like them 😀

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  9. Thanks a lot! Exams weeks are the most difficult time period for me. No matter how much you have scored for mid and assessments, final will screw you up!

  10. Next week is the start of my exam. Now I'm watching this. Well, as long that it isn't the time I enter the exam hall, I am never late for the subject!

  11. Boring TECHNIQUE

    You wanna make an A+, study like I do. Use an APP called ANKI flash cards.

    It uses spaced repetition technology and it knows if you know specific info or not, it takes pictures, uses recording and has Bold and Italics and Formula symbols .

    It tells you when to STUDY and what to STUDY for you, all you have to do is keep up.

    It got me from a C+ in college to an A+ every dam class

  12. Thank you This video is helpful .so can you do the video about how to stop boring when teacher is explaining for a long time?

  13. Thanks sir… I have a problem, I am about to write 5 papers in 4 weeks time and I have not done anything towards the success of the exam. How can I be saved

  14. hey can u reply to me…
    I have exams one day after the other…how do I study that fast? plzzz I need ur help or anyone help

  15. What if i studied everything and understand it but the exam was so different from what u I have studied , there was new method I have never seen and a lot of tricks , after that u get C+ , how to deal in this situation?

  16. I've got two exams tomorrow and its 8:40 p.m.
    I really haven't planned much out.
    (btw im in 8th grade so im just going to use my study guides and review the chapters 🙂 )

  17. Funny I have finals in like 1 week and 3 days, I'm studying quite a lot…… but I still think I'm fucked.

  18. Although I get the idea of stretched out study periods with scheduled breaks in between, I still consider it to be sort of "blah" & I mean no offense to anybody in great support of this.

    Current (ongoing adjustments to routine) schedule

    I have enjoyed all-nighters here and there, snacks in between, and if I'm too exhausted, I take a quick 20-minute nap and kick in another 5-6 hours of a straight session. Moreover, when it's around 5-6 am during sunrise or just before that, I sometimes get the luxury to borrow my buddy's car (roommate) and go out for a 30-45 minute silent or lo-fi music drive around the city, sometimes downtown and sometimes the highway. This helps a lot in terms of fresh air which I could also achieve with a walk but I like to drive. Couple red bulls sometimes (Unsafe) only recommended once or twice a week and no more than 2 a day depending on tolerance and sensitivity to the liquids. PLEASE DO NOT GO OVERBOARD WITH THIS AND DO NOT RISK IT!

    Thus far I have done well on tests and exams by following this routine and making changes to it every now and then to support different needs and I did well as compared to the stretched out learning process, I don't know… maybe it just works for some people this way or similar to this way.

    On the other hand, next semester is going to be somewhat different. I will be optimizing my experience and tweaking parts of it to get accustomed to the stretched out studying process. The reason being, that my current routine, if prolonged when really needed ranging from 2-5 days of long study sessions with minimum sleep drains me out really bad for 2-3 days after doing all the work and makes me feel like shit but the achievement of getting shit done helps me through that phase. That's the side-effect not many of us are able to deal with and come out of adequately.

    Sorry about the wall of text, it's 5 am and I really wanted to work out my thoughts to someone haha… Good luck to all!

  19. Guys I'm in 4th year in secondary school and been on holiday which means I only have 1 week to study I need help and advice

  20. Final week starts tomorrow. Honestly, I've been a lazy slacker and my physique has been deteriorating, I haven't moving my lazy beep welp

  21. I’m in 9th grade… and where I live I have to wright finals in grade 10… my school put me in a 10th grade class so that means I have to wright a final! AND ITS TOMORROW!!! I’m so nervous I feel like I don’t know anything

  22. Hello beautiful person scrolling down the comments

    CLOSE THE VIDEO and GET YOUR ASS BACK AND STUDY!!!!!

    YOUR WASTING YOUR TIME!!!

  23. 2 weeks before final exam and so much topics i dont review yet omg im in medical school the material is a lot all the best to you too'

  24. Go over everything. Don’t not take short cuts. And start super early. And study multiple subjects a day. 4 subjects for 2 hours each. Start with what you don’t know and and finish with what you do know. BUT STUDY EVERYTHING.

  25. I got the position 7th in half yearly, my mom was very happy but…. She said me that if I be 5th in finals then she will buy me ANYTHING I want…. I just wanted two BIG boxes of chocolate…. But it's gonna be really hard because our studies are SUPER hard…… 😢

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