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Tips for Acing your First Semester Exams


Posted on October 29, 2015 by Delaware Valley University.

With the first semester coming to a close, final exams definitely are on every student’s mind. No matter how hard you try to ignore your syllabus or your professor’s warnings, these course-covering tests are coming, and Delaware Valley University students need to be ready.

Numerous distractions can prevent you from properly preparing for your first semester final exams, but doing your best to block them out and focus will give you the results you desire. To help you do just this, read on for some helpful tips for acing your first semester exams. 

Plan Your Studying Schedule Two Weeks Before Exams
It’s rare for DelVal students to have just one final exam, so you need to be sure that you dedicate ample time to studying. If you have a schedule in place two weeks before your exams, you’ll give yourself plenty of time to study various subjects for multiple exams. 

Also, if you stick to this schedule, you can create a balance of work and play. If you plan two hours of studying one Thursday night, skipping dinner with your friends and meeting up with them after will pay off in the long run.

Get Sleep
When you plan your studying schedule multiple weeks in advance, you’ll allow yourself ample time to get plenty of sleep. Sleeping is vital to your ability to effectively study and retain information. It’s proven that you’ll function better with eight hours of sleep compared to only three. 

If you try to study on a tired brain, you’ll find that it will be regressive to your ability to understand the material. So rather than going for the all-nighter, make sure that you focus on getting sleep. 

While you may think that cramming will help you better grasp what will be on your final exams, taking a break to relieve some stress is important. Exercising is one of the best ways that you can do this. 

However, you want to make sure that you don’t devote too much time to working up a sweat that you’re too tired to study. But short workouts are a great way to step back and look at what information you’re retaining and which subjects you need to focus on more going forward. Plus studies suggest that working out in the afternoon leads to more productivity throughout the day.

Don’t let your first semester final exams get the best of you. Make sure that you plan a study schedule ahead of time, devote a certain number of hours each night for sleeping, and take a break occasionally to relieve some stress and rest your eyes from your textbooks or computer screen. These three easy steps will better prepare you for success on your finals.

DelVal offers a variety of engaging and fulfilling majors and minors for our students. Learn more about the classes you can take here when your schedule a tour of DelVal.