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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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