Students learn various academic subjects in school but most have no systematic way of studying for final exams. Here are some Dos and Don’ts:
#1: Organize exams and provide a correction sheet for each.
#2: Decide on your grade goal for the final exam.
#3: Distribute the amount of time you can study among exam content in #1.
#4: Know the weight of your final exam and the lowest grade you can get on the final to maintain or improve your course grade.
#5: Repeat #1-#4 for each subject/course.
Assess the sum of study time for all subjects. Do you realistically have that much time to study between now and finals? If not, adjust your totals and grade expectations.
#1: Don’t switch tutors during dead week and final exam week.
Some students go to one tutor all semester and then pay for a group study session with a new tutor. Your tutor knows your strengths and weakness and can provide tailored, 1-to-1 exam preparation, giving you a far superior learning experience.
#2: Don’t fight the math!
For some students, it is just mathematically impossible to get an A in the course because of low test scores during the semester. So, do not aim for an A on the final if getting an A will not improve your grade in the course. Time is better spent on other courses.
#3: Don’t stay up late studying and don’t skip breakfast.
Especially for Math. Math or sleep? More math or more sleep? Definitely, sleep. Math is one of the more difficult subjects and final exams are typically comprehensive. Bring your best, well-rested self to the exam!