- Organize yourself
First of all, you need to know what you have to do, when you have to do it and how long will it take. It might seem obvious, but you should take a few minutes to sit down, open your calendar and check all the papers due, the group projects to finish and the exams to come so that you get a big picture of what you're supposed to do ahead of time.
- Prepare a schedule
What I usually do next is preparing a schedule. Write down everything you need to accomplish for the finals, including papers, projects and preparation for exams. It's always best if you see it written. Try to figure out how long each task will take and write it down. Set limit dates for yourself and write them down. Trust me, if you see it written, it is much more likely you will try to get it done. The best part is that can have the pleasure of crossing it out once you're done with each task! It feels great.
- Make it realistic!
When you're preparing your schedule, don't expect you to be working for 15 hours in a row. Make it realistic, knowing that your attention spans are not infinite (at least mines aren't!) Give yourself some breaks too, and plan it ahead of time so you can divide the big tasks in several days. Remember, if you plan to be studying for more hours than the amount you actually know you can, you will be frustrated and will end up procrastinating like it's nobody's business.
I find it easier to concentrate when I'm at the library. If I have planned to be studying, let's say, for two hours, I would rather spend those two hours sitting at the library than in my room. The reason is because there are less distractions. I know many people feel the urge to clean the windows or organize the closet during those two hours. That won't happen at the library. Also, it helps to see other people doing the same thing around you. If you're bored of the library, try sitting down at a cafe and study there (it's one of my favorite places to do it and I'm actually very productive there!)
- Don't study with your laptop
That's an important one. Print your material if you need something from the Internet and stay away from your gadgets. Be honest. You can probably study without your laptop or your iPad. Having any of those around will only increase your temptations to update your Facebook status or to stalk that cute girl sitting at the next table.
- Chose the best time of the day for you
If you know you work better in the mornings than in the evenings, then try to do it then! Of course, it is not always possible, but try to be efficient with that. In my case, I find it easier for me to study in the early mornings or late nights. I try to schedule my study sessions around those times, because I know 2 hours in the morning are worth much more than two hours in the afternoon.
- Keep your healthy habits
Finally, don't forget to keep up with your regular habits. I'm talking about sleeping times, physical activity and meals. You want to keep a balanced diet so that you have 100% of your energy ready to use. You also need to rest enough, and I'm talking about good quality sleeping time. Also, don't skip your gym or sporting sessions if you usually do it, because physical activity can actually help you a lot!
I hope those were useful and I wish you the best luck in your finals. Work hard and your efforts will eventually pay off! Thanks for reading and see you soon!