It’s perfectly normal to be nervous about a college exam– especially when it comes to finals. If you’re a new undergraduate student (or even a seasoned upperclassman) looking for some quick tips on prepping for those end-of-semester tests, below are just a few pointers to make your finals experience a successful one.

Eat a good breakfast.

“Good” can mean lots of things, but in this case, making sure you’re energized and satisfied is the goal. Opt for higher-protein choices, like oats, eggs, or peanut butter, as well as healthy carbs such as those found in whole grains. These foods will not only help you feel your sharpest but keep you satiated until lunch so you can stay laser-focused. In fact, do what you can to make sure you have a “good” morning overall– wake up early and start the day slowly so that you don’t have to be anxious about being punctual on top of acing that test.

Avoid cramming.

Of course, this is easier said than done, but there are a few strategies you can use to prevent a cram session from sneaking up on you. Set reminders on your phone in the days leading up to your exam to study, especially reminders at the same time(s) each day so that you’re able to develop a routine. Though it’s true that “we’ve all been there”, the fact is that sleep is critical for performing well on exams, and caffeine can only go so far.

Look into your school’s accessibility options.

Many universities offer accommodations through programs such as disability services. If you struggle with focusing on tests due to ADHD or other obstacles, applying for accommodations can provide relief from the noise, overstimulation, stressful time constraints, and other factors. These accommodations often include services like designated testing centers and extended time to complete exams.

Meet with peers to collaborate on studying.

Surrounding yourself with like-minded and supportive individuals can help increase productivity. That’s not all, though: meeting up with a group of fellow students in any particular class provides the opportunity to share different ideas and strategies, as well as compare notes and other materials.

Do more than just read your notes.

Sure, reading over your notes throughout the semester will help you jog your memory. It’s not, however, the best way to reinforce information. Taking a more proactive approach to reviewing notes will help ideas stick; if you usually type your notes on your computer during class, try going back later and creating more streamlined notes on paper, or challenging yourself to create thoughtful summarizations of the content. There are lots of ways you can create your own study guide; for instance, you can try going through your old notes or textbooks (that you own!) and highlighting important words and phrases. You can also try creating a comprehensive list of keywords and phrases, complete with definitions, or making flashcards either physically or virtually.

Attend your professors’ office hours.

Many professors hold open office hours or office hours by appointment. Information on when and where to find them is often included in class syllabi (another reason to hold onto that early-semester printout or bookmark that PDF!) Even if you feel confident about where you’re at with the class content, it’s never a bad idea to speak with your professors and ask any questions you may have. If you find that you’re struggling in a class, that’s all the more reason to attend office hours; your professors can help you understand concepts with new perspectives and one-on-one guidance.