Top 5 Common Mistakes Students Make Before Final Exam Season

5 common mistakes students make before exam season

As the end of the semester approaches, it’s easy for students to fall into common pitfalls that cause them to trip at the finish line before exam season. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 common mistakes students make and offer practical tips to avoid them. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, these tips will help you finish the semester strong and achieve your goals.

Lack of Time Management

One of the most common mistakes students make is poor time management. Especially leading up to finals season when you have several end-of-term papers, projects, and other high-point assignments up for grabs. Procrastination is the enemy here, so make sure to break down your assignments and set deadlines for each task. 

If you’re looking to improve your ability to manage time wisely, check out our blog post on some of the best organizational and time management apps available!

Neglecting to Seek Help

Many students hesitate to seek help when they’re struggling with a particular subject. Whether it’s attending office hours, joining study groups, or seeking guidance from tutors, there are numerous resources available on campus to support your learning. Don’t be afraid to reach out for assistance—at the end of the day, you’re not just paying them for an education but for support as well. Make sure you get your money’s worth and ask for all the help you might need.

Also, we get it, it’s intimidating asking for help. That’s why on Numerade we want to create a safe, judgment-free space where students can ask all the questions they want. Our AI tutor, powered by ChatGPT4 and available for free, can provide instant 24/7 homework help. Our AI  can also create study guides, summaries, flashcards, and more from your uploaded notes, pictures, lecture slides, and more. 

Additionally, we’re partnered with 60K+ expert STEM educators. Students can submit their textbook problems and questions for a custom, step-by-step video tutorial. Best yet, students can ask as many questions as they’d like, completely shame free. 

Poor Study Habits

Developing effective study habits is essential for academic success. Avoid multitasking and create a conducive study environment free from distractions. Use active learning techniques such as summarizing information in your own words, teaching concepts to others, and practicing with past exams. 

We cover this topic extensively in our Strategies for Studying Smarter, Not Harder blog post but one important study method to try is to try studying in intervals. Essentially you’ll create a schedule leading up to the exam with planned 1-2 hour study sessions with regular breaks (for example, one 15-20 minute break for every 30 minutes of studying). This ensures that you’re studying responsibly without wearing yourself out.

Lack of Self-Care

Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is crucial during the stressful end-of-semester period. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, and engaging in regular physical activity. Prioritize self-care activities that help you relax and recharge, whether it’s hiking, cooking, winding down with video games, etc. When you take care of yourself, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges that come your way.


Procrastination is a common trap that many students fall into. It’s tempting to put off assignments and studying until the last minute, but this often leads to poor-quality work and added stress. A great place to start is by acknowledging a few hard truths.

  • As bad as the stress is from tests, quizzes, and exams; the frustration, anger, and dread from getting a poor grade will always be worse.
  • The earlier you start studying regularly, the more confident you’ll feel walking into the classroom on test day.

With that out of the way, we recommend breaking tasks into smaller, manageable chunks, and rewarding yourself for completing each one. By tackling tasks early and staying motivated, you’ll avoid the last-minute rush and produce better results.


By being aware of these common mistakes and implementing the tips provided, you can set yourself up for success as the end of the semester approaches. Remember, effective time management, seeking help when needed, developing good study habits, prioritizing self-care, and avoiding procrastination is key to finishing the semester strong. Best of luck in your academic journey!


  • Rob Shield

    Rob Shield is based out of Columbus, Ohio. As Numerade's copywriter, Rob uses their extensive background in education to inform and shape the topics and content posted to the blog for educators, parents, and students alike.