Best Practices for Students Regarding Preparing for Final Exams

Apr. 5, 2018

Best Practices for Students Regarding Preparing for Final Exams
Share these tips from the ARC when preparing for finals.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) understands how stressful preparing for finals can be—for faculty members as well as students!

Final exams often test the knowledge students have acquired throughout the entire semester, and depending on how their finals are weighted, their final exam grades could mean the difference between an A and a C on their transcripts.

The ARC recommends the following tips to students preparing for final exams and encourages faculty members to share this information with their students.

Tips for Final Exams

1)    Start early.

  • Start planning at least four weeks before each final.
  • Be realistic about how long it will take to study for each final.
  • Make sure you know your current grade in each class.
  • Write out which exams you have to take, and number them according to difficulty.
  • Schedule Tutoring and Writing Center appointments.

2)    Make a finals game plan.

  • Use a weekly calendar to map out study time for each class.
  • Use the calendar on your phone to set alerts and reminders so you stick to your plan.
  • Gather the materials you will need for each class, such as study guides, notes, slides, handouts, and textbooks.
  • Make a list of questions about difficult course concepts, and meet with your instructor(s), tutors, and/or peers to get assistance.

3)    Give yourself more time to prepare for your toughest classes and research papers.

  • Look over previous assignments and review what you missed with your instructor(s).
  • Start a study group.
  • Get help regarding APA and MLA citations from our Writing Center.

If students are still struggling with how to study for finals, the ARC can help. The ARC is available to all Webster University students across the worldwide Webster University community. To schedule an academic counseling appointment, students should contact Lisa Hempen, (314) 246-8284.

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