Study tips for the finals that work
We all remember all those sleepless nights full of boring revision. Have you ever asked yourself this question… “Is there an easier way to study for the finals? Who could give you some study tips that work?Something more structured and less stressful?” In this article you will read our tips on how to prepare for your final exams in the most optimal way. Please, note that it is not possible to pass your finals without touching a book, BUT it is very realistic to pass with focused revision and positive attitude during preparation.
Tip#1 Do not panic! Study tips are real
There is no point to do things that won’t help you – panicing before the finals is one of these activities. Let my illustrate this by the following example. Imagine that you play some sort of ball game e.g. basketball and a player throws the ball at your face with great speed. Ok now there are generally two types of people; first type will panic and freeze, their eyeballs will widen at the sight of the flying ball towards their face and will probably close their eyes in the hope that the flying ball will miss them; some people however will maintain eye contact with the ball as it rapidly comes towards them, and even though they will experience some tension, they will do their best to step aside so that the flying object does not hit them. The second type of behavior is the one you should aim for when studying for your finals.
Tip#2 Study tips: Evaluate EV
Make sure that you establish the exam variables (EV) and other important details. These include, but are not limited to: Type of exam, exam dates, how much time do you have, duration of the exam, pass mark, scope, what is allowed/what is not allowed, Main book for preparation, past questions, names of people who passed the exam. When you establish these details you know what you are up against. Fear of the unknown disappears.
Tip#3 Study tips: Read the Contents page
Final exams are usually at the end of specific educational phase. Normally the scope (things that you have to know for the exam) is big. You are supposed to revise rather than study during the preparation. Always start by reading the contents page of the main book (the manual approved by the teacher to help you prepare for the exam). This gives you a valuable overview of the topics you will be tested on. This is one of the best study tips you will read.
Tip#4 Study tips: Isolate core revision topics
Take a sheet of paper and a pen. You have read the main book and its contents. Think for a moment… Answer yourself the following question – What i need to know to barely pass the finals. Say you are studying Marketing… that would be… ahmm… Definition of Marketing, 4Ps of Marketing etc. etc. Then go over each chapter and jot down the major bullet points ( I mean really the main concepts) At the end of this exercise you will see that there is nothing to worry about. (This tip does not apply to Mathematics and Law for example but works very well with many “narrative” subjects)
Tip#5 Study tips: Open questions or multiple choice questions
Generally speaking open questions exams are more difficult because you have to deliver essay-like answer to open questions. Good news is that most final exams are multiple choice exams. You don’t have to worry about your handwriting, logical structure of the answers, grammar, time etc. All you need to do is to circle the correct answer. Important! Stydying for open question exams is different from studying for multiple choice test exams.
Do you know more study tips? Please, do not hesitate to tell me what are your study tips.