Monday, May 3, 2010

Finals, Fast Approaching!

Tomorrow is the last day of classes, which means finals begin in just a few short days!  Now is the time to take hold of your academics and wrap up your semester on a positive note!  Try out some of these tips for a stress-free finals week:

  1. Make sure you know whether your exams are cumulative or not.  Cumulative exams will cover more material and including some material you probably haven't seen since the first half of the semester!  Try this 5 Day Study Plan to help manage your study workload.
  2. It's also important to know what types of questions will be asked of you.  Is the exam multiple choice?  True/False?  Fill-in-the-Blank or Short Answer? Essay?  You'll want to prepare differently for each type of exam, so knowing what to expect on test day is step one.
  3. Not sure where to begin?  Knowing what type of learner you are can help you tailor your study methods to those that work best for you!  Try our learning styles inventory and test out some of the study methods described for your style.
  4. Try forming a study group with classmates.  Study groups can help keep you motivated and discussing course concepts with others can actually increase your ability to commit such  information to long-term memory!
  5. Whatever you do, don't let the Ten Traps of Studying get you!
  6. Finally, don't forget to utilize campus resources and academic support centers.  Many classes offer review sessions and most courses have TAs available to help clarify material.  The Learning Resource Center in the library offers FREE peer-to-peer tutoring (by appointment only during finals week) and the Writing Center.
Good luck!!

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