Finals Preparation Guide

By Kelli Walker


Finals week is quickly approaching, a lot more quickly than what we would like it to. However, no matter how close or far they your finals may seem, one thing is certain: you need to be prepared when they finally arrive.  Here are some great tips to help you pass them!


1. Use note cards.




Note cards are a great way to prepare for a final.  Despite the fact that this method is often underrated by college students, you can alternate your study habits to your liking with note cards.

For example, note cards can be used in multiple ways such as a “Heads Up” or “Taboo” game, memory games, timelines, chronological order and more.  The possibilities of using note cards to your advantage are endless, so why not make it fun!


2. Start early, then divide and conquer.




One thing that many students may find helpful is dividing their time on multiple subjects. You won’t be able to cram everything overnight for an exam.  Start studying early for your first exam throughout the day with any study method that you feel benefits you, then the next day study for your next exam.  The more you do this, the more you will gain a full understanding of what you are studying.  Then, once you feel more comfortable about those two subjects, you can move on to the next one.


If anything, please don’t wait until the night before to begin studying!


3. Ask questions and attend review sessions.




Professors and TAs are always available to help you whenever needed, so do not feel afraid to take advantage of this.  Ask questions about the material, what areas/topics you should focus on and any other readings or tips that can help you be prepared for when you take your final.

At the end of the day, this is your education and you are spending tons of money on it, so ask about concepts that you may not fully understand.  You may be surprised to see others who have the same question or problem as you, but aren’t brave enough to raise their hand and ask themselves.


4. A well-rested mind is a productive mind!




Do not stress out about the exam the day, or even worse, the night before you actually have to take it!  This is one of the main reasons to start studying early, so that when it comes time to actually take your final you will feel confident in knowing everything that could possibly be on it.  This sense of confidence and comfort will allow you to get a full night’s rest, and everyone knows a well-rested mind is a productive one (and you will need all the productivity there is)!


5. Fuel your brain with the help of food.




Being well-rested isn’t the only thing that can help you relax and pass the exam.  What you decide to eat plays a factor as well.

These healthy foods, as well as drinks such as tea and coffee, can make a difference in your ability to focus.  When taking a final or any other kind of exam, having a sharp focus is always beneficial.



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