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Preparing for Final Exams A Study Skills Series Presented by General Studies Things to Take into Consideration • Managing Your Time • Using Active Study Strategies • Making Academics Your Top Priority • Avoiding Cramming • Reducing Anxiety Manage Your Time Efficiently • Identify the days and time of all your exams • Create an End-of-Semester calendar • Know when the Last Class day and “Dead Day” are Make Academics Your Top Priority • Some students slack off • Push Hard because it is close to • Put forth some extra the end effort to help bring up • You have worked so your grade hard why give up now? • Calculate course grade to determine the impact of final exam Set Priorities • Reevaluate your goals for each class • Look closely at where you stand in each class • Consider all your options Attend ALL classes Reduce Anxiety • Don’t let final exams panic you • Get enough rest so you won’t feel stressed or worn out • Eat well Use Active Study Strategies • Review lecture notes the • Test your understanding of same day you take them the material by using flash cards, self-test, and recitation • Write and recite information to move it to long term memory Stay Motivated • If you get tired or discouraged, give yourself a pep talk • Plan rewards that will help you stay on task • Surround yourself with other motivated people Work Hard During Each Exam • Don’t be in such a hurry to finish your exam • Use problem-solving strategies to find the correct answers • Concentrate only on one exam at a time • Don’t allow your performance on one exam to interfere with your studying or performance on another Monitor Your Progress • Look over notes and text • Even though the course is after your test to check your over and your grade is answers and predict how you already assigned, this could did benefit you in the future • Look over your exam, if the professor allows it, and determine whether or not your study plan was effective Reasons to Set Up a Final Exam Plan • Helps to avoid cramming • Enables you to utilize time more efficiently • Will enable you to maintain your motivation throughout exam week Reasons to Avoid CRAMMING • Cramming is an • Especially ineffective if inefficient use of time you have more than 1 exam on the same day • Leads to feelings of frustration • Gives you less opportunity to organize, • Results in memory practice, and test your interference ability to retrieve information How to Set Up Final Exam Plan… 1. Make a Final Exam Study Plan -look at syllabi or final exam schedule several weeks in advance -create a *Reminder Sheet for each exam that includes: 1. name of course 2. day, time, and place of exam 3. any materials required for exam *Put Reminder Sheet on a bulletin board or door, where it can be easily viewed 2. Set Up Final Exam Study Plan Don’t start to prepare too early Preparing for exams several weeks ahead of time can cause you to forget the information before the exam Space your study to aid retention Crucial for getting information into long-term memory in a logical and organized manner Study 1 chunk of material at a time, then review to monitor your learning Set Up Final Exam Study Plan Split your day when preparing for several exams Requires planning and perseverance Enables you to create 3 to 4 two-hour blocks of time each day to prepare for exams Create a Final Exam Planning Calendar Helps you keep track of your available study time Creating a Final Exam Planning Calendar • Each study block needs to be followed by at least a 1 hour break • The break gives you time to rest and allows the information to “sink in” before you begin again • Color Code your Calendar – Pick a different color for each exam – Highlight each study block for that exam in the designated color What is a COMPREHENSIVE final? • A final that covers material that was previously tested on, as well as new material How to Prepare for Comprehensive Finals: • How to prepare for comprehensive finals is determined by what percentage of the final is comprehensive • Finals are usually 25%, 50%, or 75% comprehensive • The percentage of comprehensiveness determines the amount of time to devote to studying the old and new material 25% Comprehensive Finals • Spend only 25 % of the • Example: If your final time you’ve set aside to consists of 100 multiple- study for this final for choice questions only 25 studying old material of them will be from old material and 75 will be • Spend the remaining from new material 75% studying the new material 50% and 75 % Comprehensive Finals • For 50 % • For 75% comprehensive comprehensive finals an finals more time is equal amount of time required to study old should be divided material between studying old and new materials • So few questions will be taken from new material • You may need to spend so be sure to study the more time on old old material 75% longer material as a way of than the new refreshing your memory Quick Reminders on Preparing for Finals • Good time management • Use a study planning is a necessity calendar to stay on task • Two weeks before exam • Develop a strategy to make academics your stay motivated FIRST priority throughout finals • Evaluate your current • Put forth your best status in each course, to effort on all finals determine how much the final will affect your • AVOID CRAMMING!!! grade GOOD LUCK on Finals!!!
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