Ladies and gentlemen, October is almost over and November is going to fly by, which means your first semester of college is almost over and it’s time to get geared up for those finals. Finals season can be a stressful time if proper preparation has not taken place. If you have kept up with your notes, homework, and study groups you should be in excellent shape. If you did not however, fear not, you can still come out on top, we just need to make some mental and study habit adjustments.
Whether you are over or under prepared there are a few basic questions you can ask yourself and your professor to prepare:
Will the final be comprehensive? Or just cover the last few chapters I worked on in class?
Do I have a study group that I can be a part of that will help me prepare or understand things I’m still unsure about in class?
Do I have my homework and previous tests that I can use along with my notes to help asses my knowledge of the material?
Should I give myself a practice test?
And lastly, has my professor dropped any hints as to what will be on the final exam?
If you ask yourself these questions and use them as a guideline to prepare, you will be ready once game time actually gets here. Below I have given you a few items that I call “The Final Exam Survival Kit” that helped me survival my finals every year so check it out, maybe something there can help you too!
“The Final Exam Survival Kit”
- Pizza coupons and lots of crushed red peppers
- Recorder for notes, both my own and the professors lectures
- Clean socks and undies just in case a library all-nighter is necessary
- Numbers and email addresses of smart people in my class for study groups
- Number to professor on hand
- Tissue for any tears I might need to cry for a lack of properly allocated study time
- Pillow pet for random sleeping and power naps on the go
- Pens, pencils, new note books just for finals notes. I found it helpful to write
- my notes in another notebook just for finals, it allowed me to 1. keep everything I needed in one place and 2. The practice of rewriting my notes helped me to commit to memory what I needed my brain to retain.
- Motivational music to get hyped up for finals (whhooooooo!!)
Lastly, Ask questions and get clarity on anything you are unsure about. The only stupid is question is the 1 you don’t ask. You are paying for this education; get everything out of it that you need to. Don’t ever be ashamed to say you don’t get something, ask, and practice till you’ve got it down. Not knowing benefits no one and it hurts you. So ask questions.
Good Luck! Not that you need it, because you are PREPARED!!! Yaaaaaaaaaay! 🙂