The 5 Best Ways You Can Study To Hit Your Finals Out Of The Ballpark

The 5 Best Ways You Can Study To Hit Your Finals Out Of The Ballpark

Because it's not to late to raise those grades.

It's that time of year again. School is coming to a close for most students, meaning a wave of finals and AP tests to end a year worth of schoolwork and all-night studying. Along with being incredibly stressful, the end of the year is the most important time to raise grades one last time before summer hits.

As much as most of us prefer to be on a beach, rather than behind a desk studying for those classes, finals is the time of year that we all must face, whether we are prepared or not. To make sure you pass your finals, here are five foolproof methods to help you achieve your grade goal:

1. Form a study group.

Study groups can help jog memories much more than individual learning and make studying an overall more enjoyable time. Tricks they learned can be taught to you, helping not only your grade but their grade also. Multiple perspectives can also raise questions that you may have never thought of, more ideas on what to study and how to study and remember important information.

2. Find your go-to spot.

I can't stress enough how important it is to find an area that suits you to study and review material before finals week. Having "a spot" can train your brain to associate information with a certain surrounding, helping to jog your memory and further increase memorization. Whether it is your own room, a restaurant or a local library, having a spot to go to and study is overall beneficial your your mind and your grade.

3. Make a list!

The worst thing a student can do before taking an exam is refusing to ask questions about topics they're confused about to others or trained professionals. Not understanding a topic and knowing someone else yet not seeking that aid does detrimentally affects how you would preform on an assessment if you had known the information, not only because any questions with the said information in it would now be wrong but also because it stresses the mind.Having confidence within yourself for being prepared helps your mind relax and comprehend problems better without the potential fear and feeling of "failing." As you study, make sure any information and/or topics that are confusing to you are jotted down on a sticky note or piece of paper, so you can attend help sessions, ask a teacher or visit a tutor about.

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4. Don't be afraid to speak up.

Along with massive stress, the end of the year also calls for end of year reviews and hardcore jeopardy in review games set up by teachers to prepare you for the final. When these games come up, don't be afraid to participate. Speaking out loud, or in front of a large number of people can be terrifying for some, but as useless as these games may seem, they're more helpful than you may realize. These games help prepare you for what may come up on the final exam and/or AP test, truly testing your ability to recognize topics and deliver appropriate answers. Through speaking up, you can directly find out and realize which topics you have a good handle on, and which you may need to review another time. As a way to sort the work, you many realize that you only have to review half the material you previously thought you had to review.

5. Get some rest!

As tempting as it may seem to pick up those notes one last time before you go to sleep, getting an appropriate amount of sleep before taking an exam is one of the most beneficial actions you can do in order to make sure you are in your best shape and state of mind to take such weighted exams. A clear mind is always better than a busy one, and the potential of falling asleep after such long hours of preparation is not worth the risk. Feel confident, space out your studying schedule and make sure you arrive a few minutes early before the exam to calm your nerves. Through thinking clearly, you are less likely to read questions wrong or make a simple mistake, helping you and your grade in the long run.
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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.


I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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