We all need more tips on studying for finals. Here’s some advice from the experts:
DO NOT waste your time passively “re-reading” notes or chapters. Instead look at the headings of each section and try summarizing the section to yourself. Then re-read if you need a refresher.
Ask About the Exam
Professors may not reveal the content of your exam in front of the entire class. Try approaching them after class with the question, “what should the focus of my studying be,” or “how should I focus my studying.”
Select a few problems from each section (consult tests and homework). Re-do the problems in the amount of time you will have on your exam. Don’t use any aids you will not have during the actual exam. When your done, re-do the problems you missed until you fully understand them.
Calculate Your Grade
Before you start studying, use your syllabus to calculate your grade. Determine what grade you need on the exam to get your goal grade in the course. Also, read about the description of your final that is written on your syllabus.
If you need to have a cram session do so, but NOT THE NIGHT BEFORE THE EXAM. Pull an “All Nighter” 3 or 4 nights before your exams start, then sleep a lot. You need to sleep to let the information sink in. Use the days after your cram session to review what you’ve learned.
No matter how many days you have left, take the time to make a study schedule that includes breaks, snacks, and sleep. Break up large study tasks into small manageable tasks. Then stick to your schedule. Don’t set anyone disrupt your schedule.
This is a stressful time, but you can reduce it! Eat 3 meals a day, sleep 7+ hours a night, take breaks (5 minutes for ever hour), exercise, talk about your stress, and visualize yourself doing well!
Turn every sentence or paragraph of your notes into an essay question. Use the questions to quiz yourself. Circle the problems you get wrong and go over them until you have gotten them correct several times.
Finals are a difficult time for everyone, so if you need break , check out the Fall Study Break at the MUB on Tuesday, December 13th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm for free food, prizes, and a break! For more info, please visit http://www.involvement.mtu.edu/organization/memorial-union-board/calendar/details/80285