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How to Study for Finals without Losing Sleep

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Posted on April 14, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

Final exams are a critical part of your overall class grades, so it’s normal to feel a lot of pressure and stress during this time. While you need to properly prepare for your exams, skipping sleep to study can be counterproductive and actually cause you to perform poorly. 

Final exams are a critical part of your overall class grades, so it’s normal to feel a lot of pressure and stress during this time. While you need to properly prepare for your exams, skipping sleep to study can be counterproductive and actually cause you to perform poorly. 

Start Early
It’s never too early to start preparing for your final exams. Whether an exam is cumulative or only on information from the past few weeks, you can begin reviewing that material toward the end of the semester as a refresher. Then, when your exam is approaching, you won’t have to focus on as much subject matter. 

Study on the Weekends
While you may like to reserve your weekends for relaxing, napping or leisure, the best bet is to take at least a portion of the weekend to study. You don’t have to spend the entire weekend studying, just a few hours each day. Take a few weekends before the exam to study in order to be as prepared as possible and also to minimize the amount of time per weekday that you have to spend studying. 

Make a Schedule
Map out all of your free time over the few weeks before your final exams and schedule when you’ll have time to study, then be sure to stick to that schedule. It’s easy to underestimate how much free time you actually have, so going over your responsibilities and scheduling time to study when you’re free will allow you to make the most of your time so you don’t have to lose any sleep. 

Just as scheduling when you’ll study is important, it’s also important to schedule what you’ll be studying and for how long. Determining this will be even more beneficial for helping you utilize your time wisely so you’re not losing any sleep. 

Eliminate Distractions
Distractions will disrupt your focus so that your study time is wasted and you’ll have to study for even longer. Make sure you’re in a quiet area without distractions, such as the library, a student study center, or your desk in your own room. Don’t watch TV or pick up your phone; just focus on the material in front of you. Scheduling short breaks throughout your study sessions that allow you to get some fresh air, take a drink or have a snack will help you focus more when you’re in front of your books.

With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to find the time to study for your final exams without losing a wink of sleep. Remember that sometimes it’s okay to stay up late or wake up early to study, and it’s not always necessary that you get a full eight hours if you’re too busy. Just be sure to get enough rest the night before the exam so that you can perform your best.