How do you study for finals? Consider these four students:
Adam crams the night before a final exam, sometimes using energy drinks or coffee to stay up most of the night. He hasn’t fallen asleep and missed any finals yet, but that’s one of his worries. He keeps three alarm clocks set for an hour before the test so he can be sure to get to the classroom in time.
Bailey talks a lot about studying, but by the time the final comes, she reads a few notes and skims through her books, then figures that if she doesn’t know it by then, that nothing will help at that late time. She goes into the final with an attitude of doing the best she can without good studying, and promising to do better next semester.
Cory sets aside time every day during finals week to focus just on one class. He knows his friends are out having more fun than he is, but he spends at least three hours the day before his exam to prepare. He feels good walking into the exam, but has a nagging feeling that he’s missed something important.
Dana spends one hour each week on each of her classes, beyond any assignments, to go over all her notes, improve them when she can, and write a few questions that would seem to be something that could show up on the final. By the time finals week comes, she reads through her notes, spends about an hour a day on each class until that final is done, adding one extra hour sometimes for an especially stressful class, and thinks she is fairly well prepared.
Who gets the best finals grades? Who feels the best during the break between semesters?
Which strategy do you use, or do you have something else that works for you?
Student Success Strategy #76: Think of preparing for final exams as an obligation. Pay a little at a time through the semester, or pay during finals week. In either case, you pay. But what you earn – and learn – from your payment is up to you.