Final exams are bad enough when you don’t have a pandemic to worry about, so this year there may be some additional stress when it comes time to studying for finals. Classes themselves have probably been quite different as well, which could have made learning the material more of a challenge. With so much going on in the world, preparing for finals might be a gigantic hurdle.

At Kent’s Best Apartments, we care about our residents’ success at Kent State University. Whether this was your first year of college or it’s your last, everyone could benefit from some refresher studying tips.

Five Helpful Tips For Studying

Create a Studying Schedule

Even though staying up all night the day before a test is a common practice for college students, it’s not often very effective. When studying for exams, it’s best to get started early and give yourself shorter but more frequent study sessions. When you get your finals schedule, start by looking at your overall schedule a week or two prior to the first test. Make time each day to study for the first test that you have. As you get closer to the second or third test, begin studying for those as well. Schedule studying in 30-minute chunks to avoid burnout and to make sure your body and mind are getting a break.

Understand Priorities

If you have multiple classes and several finals to study for, that is a lot of material that could be covered. However, it’s usually pretty clear what topics will be on the test and which ones won’t. Make a list of topics that will definitely be on the test, will probably be on the test, and topics that will only maybe be on the final. When you have clear priorities you can use your time wisely and study the areas that will definitely be on the test and which you feel you need more help with.

Create a Distraction-Free Zone

There’s nothing worse when you’re trying to study than your phone staring at you, the dog whining to go outside, or your stomach rumbling. Before you sit down to study, whether that’s at your apartment or the library, make sure there are as few distractions as possible. Have a snack, take the dog for a walk, silence your phone and put it away, and clear the table of clutter to create a space where you can really focus.

If you do find that you’re getting distracted by social media or browsing the internet, it’s better to give yourself a brief few minutes to let yourself be distracted. After a couple of minutes, tell yourself that it’s time to focus and that you can take another break after a half-hour of studying.

Get the Right Brain Food

Your health and mental clarity are essential when you’re studying. And the best way to keep your body and mind alert is by eating right, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated. Instead of just relying on coffee and fast food to get you through finals, stock up on foods that are a quality source of energy. Try Greek yogurt with nuts, cheese and crackers, hummus and veggies, or a hard-boiled egg and a bag of popcorn. These snacks are tasty, filling, and will provide your body with the fuel it needs for intense study sessions.

Join a Study Group

Studying with other people isn’t for everyone, and it’s important to find a group that works well together, but it can be incredibly beneficial. Working with a group to learn and study material allows you to talk through problems, discuss possible solutions to questions, and you may get to hear a unique perspective on the material which can help you understand it better. The group can also create quizzes to help everyone study.

Having a quiet place to study is possibly one of the most beneficial aspects of living in off-campus housing. If you’re a resident at one of Kent’s Best Apartments locations, you not only have your own apartment to study in, but you’re just minutes away from Kent State University where there is a library and plenty of classrooms where you can get away from the noise and distractions.

If you’re living in on-campus housing and want to make a change next year, get in touch with the staff at Kent’s Best Apartments. We offer three different locations, Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, and Whitehall Terrace, that are all within walking distance of KSU. Schedule a tour with us today, and good luck on your finals!