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Surviving Final Exams

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  • 1. How to prepare for finals?Get The Basics First: How many finals do I have?  The more finals you have the sooner you should start studying.  A few classes don’t even have a final exam. When are my finals?  Know the dates of your finals so you know which one to study for first.
  • 2. How to prepare for finals?Get The Basics First: How much of my grade does the final count for?  Not all finals count for the same amount. A final in one class might be 10% of your grade, while in another class it might be 40%.  In some courses if you fail the final exam you fail the class automatically! Talk to your professor and check the syllabus so you know what’s coming!
  • 3. Know what you’re up against…What kind of final is it? Essay? Multiple choice? Comprehensive or not?  A Comprehensive Exam covers all the material that was taught in the course, not just the material you learned since the last test. Will it be like previous tests or completely different?  Sometimes the final exam will be entirely different than the other tests in the course.
  • 4. Prioritizing Which final will I have the most trouble with?  You might need to spend more time preparing for a Math final than an English final. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Which final do I think will be the easiest?  Just because you think an exam will be easy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t study for it at all.
  • 5. Prioritizing Which final do I have to take first?  The sooner the final the sooner you should study. Know where you stand in the class prior to finals!  If you need to get a certain grade on the final in order to pass the class then that’s a good thing to know up front.  Once you get to finals week, it is too late to drop a course so you need to do as well as you can on the final to get the best grade you can.
  • 6. Study Time When should I start studying?  You start preparing for a final exam on the first day of class – take good notes and pay attention. What do I need to study?  Talk to your professor about what will be on the final. Is there a study guide or study group?  Make use of your resources. What works best for me?  Study in the way that works best for you.
  • 7. Prep Tips Start Early! Prepare at least 2 weeks in advance. Get organized, review course material daily leading up to your final exam. Make flashcards, this is a really helpful study technique. GET HELP! If you are having trouble on a concept get help before it is too late! Visit a study group or go to tutoring.
  • 8. Study Environment This is an important aspect of studying many students do not take into account. Choose an environment that will allow you to STUDY. Library, Office, etc. Cut out distractions in order to focus. Study during the time of day you feel you are the most alert.
  • 9. What Not Do Plan ahead… don’t spend all night studying and not get any sleep the day before your exam. Don’t show up late!  If you show up late the professor does not have to give you extra time to make up for it. Do not panic during the test, be confident in the preparation you have put in. Take your time on your test, don’t rush. Take time to work through your test to ensure the best results.
  • 10. Good Luck!