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November 29, 2007 10:35 PM

Gearing up for finals

This semester has flown by so quickly for me-it seems like only a few weeks ago that I was starting my last fall semester here. Now it’s time for finals and I’m sure everyone is starting to feel stressed out. Term papers, finals, third midterms..whatever…it’s all starting to pile up and there isn’t enough time to do everything!

Over the last few years, I’ve picked up some organizational/studying tips that have helped me, and hopefully help you. First, studying for one subject straight is boring so switch it up! Review a few lectures from one class, take a break, and then do another subject. I get bored easily, so this keeps me more focused. This can also help when you have two finals back to back and you find yourself cramming for the second because it took longer than expected to study for the first.

Go to review sessions! Even if you think your time would be better spent studying by yourself than going to Q&A sessions, other students may bring up points that you never would have thought of. I’ve often found that a student would ask a question that is almost identical to one that turns up on the final. And seriously, how much of that time studying by yourself do you really study? Review sessions get you into studying mode.

I hope these tips will help you as much as they help me. If you have any great tips feel free to share them with us during our office hours! Or email them to us at pal@berkeley.edu! Good luck with your finals and have a great winter break!!!!


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