Well, it is that time of the semester. Yes, it is time for Final Exams. For some, this is just another test to cement their A+ grade already obtained throughout the term. For others, this last examination can make or break the passing grade. Students feel pressured to do well. But instead of feeling pressured, maybe they can feel motivated. Here are a few suggestions:
- Be realistic. If you weren't making an A throughout the semester, then don't look at the Final as a way to obtain one. You want to pass, period. If you were making a C, making a B is ideal, but you want to make a grade no lower than your average currently to maintain where you are.
- Do not wait too late to begin studying. If your instructor gives a review guide, then you need to make a plan for studying. Your job, your children, your other activities, etc., cannot be excuses for why you lacked time to study. Chances are you have more than one final exam, so time management is a must.
- Study in small increments. You cannot study too much for too long. If your final exam covers multiple chapters ot concepts, study one part at a time. Also, study in 15-20 blocks. Take a break after each block. This allows your mind to process the information studied effectively and you will be able to remember and apply information better.
- Try not to study on the day of the exam. If you give yourself plenty of study time beforehand, then you should use the exam day as a moment to relax, remain calm, and have peace of mind. If you must look at something, then let it be a small outline ONLY. Studying too much information will only cause you to remember the last thing(s) studied. You should not be flipping chapter pages and several notes just hours before an exam. It creates pressure that will not help you.