Studying for finals is hard enough when you do live on campus. But, when you’re commuting to school every day? Forget about it! Sometimes you find that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. This semester was a struggle for me while I was preparing for finals. I recently moved from being an on campus student to being a commuter after I transferred schools. When I lived on campus, it was so easy to take advantage of those late night study sessions at the campus library. Now that I live 30 minutes from campus, that’s a different story. My local libraries aren’t open until 2a.m. during finals week. I had to find solutions and take control of my studying off campus. Here are the solutions that I found that worked for me:
1. Make A List
Sounds simple enough, right? That’s because it is. Just simply sit down and write out in a planner or on paper all the finals you have to take and when you have to take them. That makes studying simpler because you can see what you have coming up and when it’s coming. You can prioritize your studying that way making the idea of finals less daunting.
2. Find A Local Library
For me, it wasn’t always an option for me to stay on campus after my classes we over to study. So, I found a local library down the street from my house. It was open until 8p.m. on most week days. Even though that’s not as late as most on campus libraries are open, it was still pretty late and I found that I could get a lot of work done there without the distractions of being at home.
3. Make A Killer Studying Playlist
Putting in your headphones and tuning out the world can do amazing things for your focus. Try making a playlist of some more laid back and acoustic songs so you are still in that quieter environment but you are able to focus on what you’re working on.
4. Find A Local Coffee Shop
I’m pretty lucky and have a Starbucks down the street from my house. I got way to comfortable there this semester. Generally coffee shops will have free wi-fi so you can take your laptop and work on whatever you need to get done. I like coffee shops because they generally play pretty quiet music and have endless amounts of espresso. You can keep caffeinated and get a lot of work done.
5. Get A Study Buddy
I have a couple of friends who stayed home for school as well. One of my best friends and I made it a point during the whole semester to get together and study and do homework together. This is great if you need to do flash cards with someone or just need some general support while you’re trying to make it through finals. Try meeting up somewhere (see number 4) or just going over to their house to study. Sometimes having a friend to keep you on track makes all the difference.
Studying for finals is never fun, and it doesn’t matter if you live on campus or not. But, off campus studying isn’t always an easy task. Hopefully these tips help you figure out the best way to ace your finals.