Finals Ahead: Are You Ready?

Posted on May 2, 2014 by

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As the end of the year is fast approaching, and the test and grades are piling up, things might become kind of stressful. It doesn’t help that, perhaps the hardest tests of the year, the mid-term and final, are also on the plate and will require constant studying and diligence if one wishes to pass.

This may all seem like a lot, but never fear: there are ways to help overcome, not only the anxiety, but also the time balancing required to study for the finals. It may all seem convoluted, a logistical nightmare in fact, but, with a little help and a lot of perseverance, it can be done.

First, it is best to begin the preparation for the finals long before the fourth quarter even begins. Start by finding out what will be on the final exactly.  All teachers are different, and while you probably won’t be able to get step-by-step instructions on the exact nature of the test, you can still find the major parts of the study plan that make it up.  Also, be aware that some teachers don’t have mid-terms; if this happens, be prepared to study a lot more, as the final may be on everything you have learned the entire school year.

Next, make sure to keep detailed notes and have them well organized; separate folders or binders for your studying materials is recommended. This material will be useful for studying, as you now have the detailed information needed right away for you to study without having to scour a book or the computer for answers later.  To cut down on work, try to make your notes more clear-cut and not word-for-word; this way you can acquire the same amount of information without the hand cramps that go along with it.

Make sure to set up an appropriate schedule for studying. Do not wait until the last week in the year before studying; you will not be able to process the massive amounts of information needed to stay ahead of the curve.  All work and no play make Jack a dull boy, so don’t devote all of your time to studying, as the amount of stress that is built-up can be distracting. Too much studying can be just as bad as too little.

Once you find a good groove for note-taking and studying, the finals can finally be within your grasp, but don’t get over-confident; you still need to make sure that you know what is going to go down the day of your finals. For this, it is wise to talk to your teachers about this; get to know the time and day the test will be and which subjects will you be tested on first.  While all subjects are important, it is imperative that you work a little harder on subjects in which you are lacking, but don’t take that as a reason to slack off in the other subjects.

Eventually, it comes down to the moment of reckoning, the days of the finals. Make sure that on each day you’re taking a test(s) you get a well-balanced meal in the morning, as it is hard to concentrate on an empty stomach.  Also be sure that your equipment is set up as well: two #2 pencils, a pen (if needed), an eraser, etc.  Don’t take forever guessing over one problem; if you’re having trouble, skip over it and come back.  There is no point missing multiple questions you know for one you don’t; besides, it may come back to you later on.

The rest is up to you.   Just remember to keep calm, take a deep breath, and  remember all that you have studied. Stay focused, and, before you know it, summer vacation will be well within your reach.

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