Tips for Facing Finals & Conquering Exams

Are you ready for your finals? Most high school and college students take finals before winter or summer break, so make sure you are prepared. Here are some tips:

  • First, figure out if your exam is cumulative (meaning it covers everything you have learned throughout the semester) or just a regular exam that covers what you have learned since your last exam.
  • If you haven’t organized your class notes, homework, and old quizzes and exams, take some time and get organized! It will really help you prepare if you have everything in order.
  • Take advantage of any additional resources your teacher or professor may offer, such as a study guide, additional lectures, practice tests, etc.
  • Form a study group. Get together with some other students from class (preferably the ones who actually go to class) and go over different things you have learned in the class. You can quiz one another and share notes. You can also help explain concepts that the other members of the group may not understand–and they can do the same for you.
  • Finally, study, study, study. Do this over a period of a few weeks (or at least a few days). Don’t try to pull an all night study session the night before the exam. Also, be sure to get enough sleep so that you will be alert and relaxed during your exam.

When you are finished with your exam, take a few minutes to relax and clear your mind. Hopefully, if you passed, you won’t have to deal with that class ever again (or at least until you return from break).


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