Preparing for Final Exams
When final exam time approaches, your initial reaction may be to study, study, study. But there is a lot more involved in preparing for final exams than the obvious studying portion. Here are some helpful tips to help you mentally and physically prepare for your final exams.
The first thing you need to do is check for exam times and locations. You want to ensure that there are no scheduling conflicts. Do two tests overlap? Are you scheduled to work that day? Are you expected to be out of the country? Since these inconveniences happen frequently, colleges usually schedule optional exam dates. Your professor must grant you permission before you can take the optional exam date, so resolve the scheduling conflict as soon as possible.
The next thing you need to do is see how you are going to utilize your "dead days." Dead days are days between the official last day of class and the first official day of final exams. Colleges give you these days so that you’ll have extra time study. It’s imperative that you do in fact use this time for its true purpose: studying. If you have a job and have to work during dead days, try asking for a few extra days off to have adequate study time. Most employers will be understandable and oblige to your request.
You also need to make sure that you take care of your body in the weeks leading up to final exams. Not eating the right foods, stress and lack of sleep can severely weaken your immune system and the last thing you want to do is get sick during finals week. The fact that you get sick can be the sole reason you don’t have enough energy to study for a particular exam. Eat the foods (fruits high in vitamin C are a good choice) and get the standard 6 to 8 hours of sleep.
Finally, you need to make sure that you’ve gathered all the necessary items you’ll need for your exam well before test day. You don’t want to risk being late to your exam because you forgot to pick up a Blue Book. Make a list and make sure you have all the necessary supplies, including Blue Books, scantrons, calculators, pens and pencils or whatever else your professors asks you to bring on test day.