The end of the semester is stressful. There are papers to write, projects to complete, presentations to give, and, of course, finals to take. The hours are long and arduous, and you feel like there's no end in sight. I remember getting to college and thinking, "duh, of course I know how to study. I've been in school forever." I did fine and made it through, but I probably shouldn't have shrugged off study skill improvements. There are a lot of mistakes you can make when studying without even really realizing it.
From pulling an all-nighter to skipping "optional" reading all semester, there are a lot of things that can derail your final exam studying. There's no need to panic, though, most final exam studying mistakes (and general test prep mistakes, for that matter) can be corrected if you know what it is you might be doing wrong. It's true there's not a one-size-fits-all plan for test prep or test taking, but there are proven tips that can help boost your efficiency and productivity while studying and help keep you sane until the semester is over and vacation starts. Knowing these common mistakes you're making while studying for finals can help you avoid pitfalls and rock your finals.