How To Prepare Yourself For Final Exams – 5 Smart Ways

Preparing for For Final Examination? Here are 5 Smart Ways to do that…

So we’re all about one month away from your final exams. And that means it is time to start preparing ourselves mentally for the exams ahead. If you’re taking four courses, then you probably have to write four final papers; review notes from different lectures; finish reading 8 to 12 different textbooks; and find time to prepare for final exams. It may seem overwhelming, but if you start preparing yourself now, you’ll feel a lot better about getting everything accomplished.

How To Prepare Yourself For Final Exams – 5 Smart Ways

Here are the 5 ways to help you prepare your mind, body and soul for a successful final exam season:

  1. Spend Time Studying for the Tests that Carry the Most Weight

Not all final exams and papers are weighted the same. Make sure you know what percentage each paper or final exam is worth to your grade. That will give you some perspectives on how much time you should designate studying for each class.


  • Focus Your Time on Difficult Subjects

Have you ever stop to think on the working mechanisms of your brain? Your brain is like a muscle that needs alternating periods of exercise and recovery to synthesize new information and ideas. With difficult subjects especially, you need to spread your studies out—studying some every day rather than cramming during a few marathon study sessions. When you cram, the knowledge may stick around long enough to pass today’s test, but it’s far less likely to be there when you need it to tackle tomorrow’s next tough topic. Instead, spend most of your study time on the difficult classes where your grade points to the direction of your field of study.

  • Spend Time Reviewing Class Notes

Do yourself a favour and spend at least one hour per class reviewing class notes. That means you’ll have reviewed all your class notes in just 4-hours. Highlight all the areas that are important, and look at the syllabus to narrow down the key areas you should spend your time studying. By simply going over all your class notes, you’ll get a good overview of the specific areas you should start studying. This will also equip your mind with a good summary of everything you’ve been learning this quarter or semester.

  • Organize Study Groups

Most students wait up until the last minute to form study groups. And those group meetings often turn into cramming sessions. To avoid this, organize your study groups now to go over class notes and areas that should get studied in your syllabus. You’ll all feel ahead of the game if you start your study groups now – and that’s a huge way to reduce stress during final week of exams.

5.    Design a Study Schedule and Stick to It

Make a commitment to spend at least an hour a week (per class) to focus on the final exam. By setting aside time now to focus on the final exam, you’re preparing your mind for what’s ahead. And you’ll also find areas that you have questions about. This will provide you plenty of time to get answers from your teacher or lecturer.

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I am taking a short break from holiday posts to write for those of you who have final exams, aptitude test, or terminal exams coming up!

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in school; final week can really take a lot out of you. These are my top 10 tips to help you survive finals!

  • Mark Your Deadlines: First, mark deadlines like paper due dates and test times. Next, check for conflicts if you have two tests that overlap, or if you’re scheduled for work during a test time, you need to resolve that as quickly as possible.
  • Set a Review Schedule: While you have your calendar out, mark out your review plan for the days ahead – you don’t want to be reviewing for a history test on Friday if you have a Mathematics test tomorrow. Schedule time for the nearest deadlines first, and break your time into hours and subjects. Don’t try to spend all day studying one thing, else you will burn out. Also, remember that it will probably take you longer than you think to write a paper.
  • Take Care of Your Body: If you don’t take care of your body, you could hit a slump right when you need the most energy. Take time to eat healthy meals (that means fruits and veggies, carbs and proteins, not just a Snickers bar and a Gatorade) and schedule time for sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping, check out tips about how to fall asleep even when you’re stressed.
  • Gather your Supplies: Get your supplies (foolscap, pens, pencils, eraser, ruler, etc.) well before the exam starts. You don’t want to have to ask your examiner if he or she has a spare pen.
  • Make Outlines: One of the best ways to keep focused on what you’re studying is to make an outline (I’ve even made outlines of outlines for really hard classes). It helps if you pick out the key points which can serve as a study tool for later.
  • Rewrite Notes: Having a hard time making your lecture notes stick? Rewriting your notes takes longer than skimming them. The extra time you spend rewriting can help engrain the information in your mind, and in turn, serves as a revision process.
  • Be Creative: Everyone has different studying style – some people are visual learners; others are better at listening. Find out what works for you, and pursue it. This can be anything from putting sticky notes with hard-to-remember facts on your computer monitor, to listening to podcasts of lectures while you eat breakfast. It helps keep reflection on the previous lessons.
  • Be Honest: With all the stress and tension that goes on during this time, some students are tempted to get someone else to write their papers, to sneak an answer from the person next to them, or to plagiarize. It definitely isn’t worth it. Teachers or lecturers should check for plagiarism, and copying…and the consequences of cheating on just one test could cost you your CGPA.
  • Take Breaks: Your mind needs time to rest and refresh. So taking breaks can help you feel more alert (as I mentioned earlier when I wrote about how to stay awake when you’re studying). Make time to go for a walk, hit the gym, call a friend, or even watch some TV – it will help you refresh your mind.
  • Finesse: (skilled at doing things). It Takes skills at writing final examinations. This is especially critical if you have cleared the whole paper all in one sitting. I did a lot of writing in college, and I can tell you from my experiences that you will almost definitely make some mistakes, especially during final week. Also, make sure you staple your papers. You’d be surprised how many people turn in paper clipped or dog-eared final papers – it makes you look unprepared, and that could affect your grade.

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