Preparing for tests and exams is probably the most stressful part of being a college student. However, there none more stressful than the dreaded final exam.
Final exams make up a large chunk of your course grade, making it obviously important for students to do well, especially if you’re on the border of passing the course.
Most, if not all, of your final exams will be cumulative, meaning that the test will have information on it from the beginning of the semester to the end of it.
So, how do you study for such a meaningful exam(s)? Here’s some tips:
Review past tests, quizzes, and notes
Although your final exams probably won’t be comprised of your old tests and quizzes, the test is cumulative and the questions will be similar. You will have questions from everything you’ve learned throughout the semester, so it’s probably a good idea to review your old tests and quizzes.
If there’s something you’re not clear about, making sure to clarify it with your professor. Most professors have specific topics which they find more important than others, and looking through those questions in past tests and quizzes is essential.
Of course, reviewing your notebook might be just as important as reviewing your past tests. During class lectures, you’ve probably written down the key points of each class, and you’ll likely be questioned about those key points during the final exam.
Don’t wait until the last minute
This seems like a recurring theme, but procrastinating never works.
Finals week is right around the corner, so start studying now! You don’t want to be the one up all night studying for an exam that’s worth as much as the final. Cramming information during the last minute before a test is not a good idea. Start studying weeks in advance so you’re confident about the material you learned during finals week.