November 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

Advising Tip | Preparing for Finals: ‘I Must Start Early’

By Sara Berens
Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist

Sara Berens

Sara Berens

We still have four weeks before finals. Plenty of time, right?

While some of you may still have quizzes, assignments, and labs before taking your final exam for a course, you can still start to plan your study schedule and materials for finals.

So your mantra for this week should be: I must start early!

  • The general recommended time frame to start studying for final exams is two to three weeks in advance.
  • Creating a master to-do list will help you manage the multiple classes you have to prep for.
  • Sit down with your planner and figure out your exam date and time. Work backward from that date, and mark out when each study session will happen.
  • Be sure to set measurable goals and only focus on one section or chapter per session.
  • Plan for about two hours each study session and give yourself a break in the middle!
  • Start to create study materials such as flashcards, quizzes, diagrams, mnemonic devices, etc.

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