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  • Finals week is quickly approaching and it's crunch time.

  • How you decide to manage your time and plan your studying over the next couple weeks will

  • dictate how you perform on exam day.

  • Stay tuned for 6 tips to help you ace your final exams.

  • What's going on guys!

  • This is Jay from MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • Let's get straight to it.

  • First and most importantly, go into the last couple of weeks with a plan and get your calendar

  • out and mark the days for each exam.

  • Based on the test days, work your way back with how you want to review the information.

  • For example, let's say you have a final on Monday December 5th and Thursday December

  • 8th.

  • If the first test is much harder and requires more studying, you may focus solely on that,

  • and then only start studying for test two only after finishing test one.

  • On the other hand, if the first test is easier, you may start studying for the second test

  • well before your first test, and then only study for test 1 for a couple days leading

  • up to it.

  • This obviously depends on your course load and which finals you have, so figure out what

  • works best for you.

  • Now when I say 'plan what you're going to study', I literally mean write out what chapters

  • or what topics you plan to review for each day leading up to the exam.

  • Final exams generally include all of the information since the beginning of the course.

  • I recommend spending less time reviewing information that was tested on the midterm and more information

  • from the second half of your course.

  • This is for two reasons.

  • First, you should already be familiar with information from the first half of the class,

  • after all you took a test on it and therefore you will need less time to review it.

  • Second, final exams generally favor information that hasn't been already assessed in prior

  • exams.

  • Meaning, even though the class is technically supposed to include information from the whole

  • course, it probably includes a majority of information since after the midterm.

  • Now, when you're making this plan, give yourself some wiggle room.

  • You will probably fall behind on your schedule, so have a few "catch-up" blocks to account

  • for this.

  • Also, if you are not able to review all the information that you wanted to on your schedule,

  • don't worry, it's not the end of the world, you can still totally do well on your exam.

  • Now, don't neglect other areas of your life.

  • True story, I had a friend in college who took pride in the fact that during finals

  • week, he would not shower for four or five days straight at a time.

  • That is disgusting, please do not do this.

  • It's important to remember that you can only study and absorb so much information in a

  • day.

  • By neglecting other areas of your life, you're not doing yourself any favors.

  • Remember, you have to be well-rested, well-fed, healthy and not stinky to maximize return

  • on your studying and also performance come test day.

  • Because you can only study so many hours in a day, longer hours yields diminishing returns,

  • therefore efficiency is the name of the game.

  • Schedule your study breaks around meals, errands and exercise.

  • For example, wake up, have breakfast then study for two hours using Pomodoro.

  • At your break, start laundry then do another two hours of Pomodoro, then have lunch followed

  • by another two hours of Pomodoro.

  • At this point, you're probably pretty tired of studying, so go to the gym and get a workout

  • in.

  • I have more information on the Pomodoro Technique in this video above.

  • Use group study but don't overdo it.

  • Group study is excellent to maintain motivation and discuss difficult concepts.

  • However, it also generally slows you down.

  • Therefore, only group study occasionally.

  • Have an agenda with the group as to what lectures or topics you all want to go over and this

  • will help keep you guys on track.

  • Taking turns teaching difficult concepts to one another will also benefit everyone involved,

  • especially in classes that are heavy on concepts and have essay based questions.

  • More on that next.

  • So, tailor your study approach based on the exam.

  • For physics, math or chemistry, doing loads of practice questions is probably one of the

  • best ways to prepare for your exam.

  • The exam is gonna have a series of problems that you need to solve and show your work

  • for.

  • But remember, making sure you review and understand the mistakes you made are also equally important.

  • So, for more conceptual classes like neurophysiology or biology, essay questions are more common.

  • Group study here is actually great to reinforce those difficult concepts.

  • If you can teach a concept to someone else, chances are that you have a solid grasp of

  • it and you're ready for the exam.

  • For multiple choice questions, memorization is king.

  • I recommend focusing on flashcards with space repetition.

  • The gold standard for this is ANKI.

  • It's a free software for your computer and I go over how to use it in this video above.

  • Be sure to do your scheduled ANKI cards every single day.

  • Waiting until the last couple of days defeats the purpose of spaced repetition.

  • I talked briefly about spaced repetition and incorporating Anki into your study routine

  • in this video above.

  • No all-nighters!

  • Do not fall into the trap of thinking that pulling an all-nighter is the best way to

  • improve your test score.

  • In very very rare situations, is it ever a good idea to deprive yourself of significant

  • sleep before an exam?

  • It's more important for you to be sharp than for you to be cramming before your test.

  • You'll be tired while studying and during test day.

  • Additionally, you lose out on the benefits of REM sleep which actually helps consolidate

  • information you learned.

  • Which brings me to another point, going back to scheduling your study times and breaks.

  • I recommend you study right before sleeping for this exact benefit; information learns

  • right before bed has greater rates of retention, use this to your advantage.

  • Alright guys, that is it for this video.

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  • and I will see you guys in that next one!

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