One of the more challenging times in veterinary school is preparing for the final weeks. During those weeks, anxiety levels and caffeine intake increase quickly, and survival mode is on. You might be sleep-deprived at the end of each semester, but you must pass your test. Today, I wanted to share some recommendations on how to prepare for finals.
- Create a study calendar for your final exams to visualize how many weeks are left and prioritize classes in order.
- Always use productive phone apps to stay focused on your goals. I love the Forest app because it lets you grow digital plants while you are productive.
- Try to color code your review notes. This can help you memorize and remember things faster. Also try color coding to divide essential topics, such as diagnostic tests, treatment, and signalment.
- Try mnemonics for large amounts of information that cannot stick to your brain. You can make them in the form of a song or acronym. Do not forget to include people or pets you know in real life!
- Scan your notes the night before but do not try to memorize them again. Ask yourself what you need to know from all that information and summarize it. Imagine yourself explaining your topic exam to someone not in the veterinary field who wants to know everything in a less complex way.
- Practice deep breathing for stress relief, which is an excellent way to relax during long study hours or the actual exam. You can drink chamomile tea the night before and green tea the following day.
- Remember that final exams won’t last forever, and you will be done with them soon. Believe in yourself and don’t change your answers!
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