4 Steps to Creating the Perfect Study Plan for Finals - Honestly Hannah

4 Steps to Creating the Perfect Study Plan for Finals

It's that time of year again my friends... If you didn't catch my recent post all about having a stress-free finals week, you can check it out here! One of my tips in this post was creating a study plan for all your finals. I wanted to follow-up with this post and talk all about how to create your own study plan for each of your finals so finals week can be smooth sailing for you!

Why create a study plan?

I started creating study plans my sophomore year, and I can say from experience that they are SO helpful. Basically, a study plan lays out everything in front of you so you can easily see what exactly you have to study and when exactly you're going to study it. Not only is it great for organizing your material, but it also helps you organize the methods you'll be using to study.

Step 1: Make a list of each final with the date, time, and chapters that will be covered

First, get organized. The end of the semester can be a jumble of a bunch of projects, exams, papers, etc. and it can be hard to get your head around everything without seeing it on paper.

I'll go through each one of my classes and write down the date and time of the final as well as the chapters that will be covered on the exam. This helps me see everything at once so I can create a study plan that's realistic and helpful!

Step 2: Create a calendar of each day leading up to the final.

I personally like to use my planner for my study plan. My planner has pretty large sections to write down everyday tasks, but if you prefer to use a separate sheet of paper, or even an Excel document, by all means! It's all about what works best for you. 

You'll want to make sure you have a decent space next to each day leading up to the final. This way, you'll have plenty of room to create your plan in a way that makes sense to you.

Step 3: Choose your study methods for each final.

The next step in creating your study plan is mapping out the specific methods you'll be using to study for each subject. For example, maybe you want to review your notes, the Powerpoint slides, and the textbook. Then you want to put this information into a Quizlet

Make sure that you're using study methods that suit you in order to have the most productive study time. Below the classes in the list you already have going, list all your study methods in the order they should be completed.

Step 4: Start adding the classes and which method you'll be using to your schedule in time blocks.

Assigning specific times blocks to specific subjects has been really helpful for me (you can even use one of these handy tools!). This allows your brain to focus on one thing for a period of time, but then allows your to switch before your brain gets too bored of that one course.

I usually switch subjects every hour or two, but it really depends on your preference, again.

It's also best to focus on one task during each block. For example, if one of my methods for a specific course is reviewing the Powerpoint and taking notes on it, I will focus on that task specifically for the first time block. Then, when the next time block for that subject rolls around, I can switch to another task, like perhaps creating the Quizlet. 

Do you enjoy creating study plans for finals? What's your favorite study method?


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