The end of the year has finally arrived and with it comes colder weather, holiday prep and of course, finals. As we approach the end of the semester and the start of finals season, many Fairfield students wonder how they can do well on their exams while also maintaining a healthy level of mental sanity. Here are some of my best productivity tips for a happy and healthy finals season.
1: Find the study method that works for you
Every student is different, so no one method of studying will work for all of us. In order to study, write or work effectively, it’s important to find what will work best for you as an individual. A great place to start is figuring out what kind of learner you are. If you’re unsure, there are countless tests online that can help you determine your learning style.
Common learning styles include visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Each learning style has its own set of study strategies that work best for those in each category. For example, auditory learners might best prepare for finals by recording and listening to Voice Memos about their exams’ main points while visual learners might benefit the most from creating mind maps or charts.
2: Find your perfect study spot
Luckily, Fairfield’s beautiful campus offers many great spots for students to prepare for finals. Whether you’re studying for a physics exam or working on a twelve-page research paper, having a comfortable place to study is a key to success. Some students might prefer to study or work at their desks or a common area of their dorm or townhouse. But, if you want a change of scenery there’s no shortage of options.
The library offers many different areas to study. Between three floors, private study rooms, the collaboration room and much more, you will be sure to find a spot that works for you. The Barone Campus Center is also a great place to get some work done. Snag a table in the newly renovated Mezzanine or in the Lower Level alone or with friends! I also recommend switching up your study location once in a while. During a long reading day full of studying, you can start one assignment at your desk before moving to the library for another and finally to the BCC to end your day.
3: Take time to relax!
As college students, we often forget to take time to relax and unwind, especially during finals season. Just as studying is important in order to get a good grade, rest is important for your mental and physical health. Do your absolute best to avoid all-nighters and get a full night of sleep. Not only will this help you feel better overall, but it will also improve your performance academically!
Eating healthy and getting exercise is also something to remember to do even during this busy season. Taking breaks in between studying is a great way to make sure you’re finding time to enjoy yourself this time of year. After days of studying, get together for a dinner out with your roommates or a movie night in! During study sessions, take breaks for snacks, holiday shopping, time outside or anything else your heart desires.
I hope these tips can help the end of your semester be as successful as possible. Most of all, remember to take time for yourself during these next couple of weeks. Before we know it, winter break will be here and the long days and nights of studying will be behind us. Happy finals!