Day: November 19, 2014

Final Exam Preparation

Fall 2014 final exams are December 15th through 19th. All exams are two hours in duration. Click for a list of each course, section, exam start time, building, and room. Or, students can view their personal final exam schedule by logging into Banweb, selecting Student Services, selecting Registration, and selecting Student Final Exam Schedule.

Please check your final exam schedule. If you have a time conflict or MORE than three exams on one day, the Registrar’s Office (Student Service Center) will be e-mailing one of your professors to have an exam moved. They will also cc you on that e-mail so you know what is happening. In addition, some larger courses have more than one room for the final exam, please check for your course section number and last name to determine where to go for your final exam.

To help you prepare for final exams, below are exam preparation tips from Engineering Fundamentals faculty.

– Dr. Jon Sticklen

  • With 3-5 others in your class, form a study group. Set aside at least two hours a week when all of you can get together in a quiet place of your choosing. Go through the homework problems one by one. But instead of just showing your work to someone else, take turns explaining to your group how to work the problems. Explaining to the group how to solve a problem will solidify your own learning, and will let the others test their understanding.

– Ms. Amber Kemppainen

  • Get enough rest – do not save all your studying until the last minute and lose sleep because you are not prepared for the exam.
  • Manage your study time effectively – focus your efforts on the material you are least confident in or topics you know will be the majority of the exam.
  • Make use of the study materials provided by the instructor. Complete the assigned reading.
  • Ask questions during class if there is something you do not understand.

– Dr. AJ Hamlin

  • Rewrite or type up your notes and review class slides.
  • Take a short (10 minute) walk before your exam.
  • Take study breaks.

– Dr. Brett Hamlin

  • When preparing for a final exam and reviewing each topic in the course – ask yourself “How could I test for this topic?” When you can answer that question, you are ready for the exam.

– Mr. Doug Oppliger

– Mr. Mir Sadri-Sabet

  • What worked best for me was paging through my notes.

– Mr. Jonathan Riehl

  • Do not just cram for the exam the night before. This is a difficult task and generally is a waste of time. Your best bet is to come to class every day and pay attention. Being actively involved in the classroom and in your learning process in general will make studying for the final exam an easier task.
  • Go through the course outline and make sure you are comfortable with each day’s topic(s). Being familiar with the course’s structure helps you get concepts more aligned in your head. This also helps you determine which topics you are not as comfortable with and where to focus your study efforts more thoroughly.
  • Do not worry too much. Worrying is not going to help you pass the test anyway, so why waste your time worrying?

– Ms. Amy Monte

  • Write your own exam with your friends/class mates. Each write two problems. Take the exam, grade your questions, and review the exam as a group.
  • Review homework and exams. Redo problems that you completed incorrectly. Complete additional problems at the end of the chapter.