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Final Exam Preparation. Do you feel like this when you start thinking about preparing for final exams?. After today you will know…. Have a review of your learning & studying preferences How to fill your study toolbox What your study schedule is for final exams

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Final exam preparation

Final Exam Preparation

Final exam preparation

Do you feel like this when you start thinking about preparing for final exams?

After today you will know

After today you will know…

  • Have a review of your learning & studying preferences

  • How to fill your study toolbox

  • What your study schedule is for final exams

  • Helpful Tips to Achieve Successful Studying

    • Organize

    • Spend Time Wisely

    • Strategize to Overcome Problems

  • Tips for Taking a Final Exam

Final exam preparation

Before you can begin preparing, you need to understand how you learn best…

What is your

learning preference?

Final exam preparation

What is your studying preference?

Final exam preparation

What is in your

study toolbox?

Organize so you know where to start

Organize – So you know where to start!

  • When will you have time to study?

    • 168 hours in a week

    • Block out committed times Work/School/Other required commitments

    • Block out sleep, eating, and personal readiness

    • Look at times left and other needs

    • When should the most difficult courses be studied

    • Let’s begin to make out your study plan

Organize study plan

Organize – Study Plan

  • For each class identify difficulty and final exam preparation needs

    • Cumulative Exam?

    • Percentage towards final grade?

  • What materials should I study?

    • Use syllabus and notes to determine topics to study

    • How much emphasis was put on each topic area or chapter?

    • Rate your level of knowledge

      • (1=none to 10=completely comprehend)

  • Based on all of the above, designate blocks of time you study for each course.

    • Be sure to keep in mind how much time you have until your first exam and in between each exam

    • Use your “Exam Planner” to help organize!

Spend time wisely

Spend Time Wisely!!

  • Plan for adequate sleep, exercise, and meals

  • The remaining class and study times are precious – miss only for extreme reasons!!

  • Watch your energy and anxiety levels

  • A little anxiety is a good thing—what if you have too much anxiety?

Strategize to overcome problems

Strategize to Overcome Problems

  • Pay attention to your attention

  • Agree with Roommates about study time

  • Turn off the phone/TV/Facebook

  • Learn to say “no”

  • Hang out a “do not disturb” sign

  • Avoid noise distractions

  • Are you letting others misuse your time?

Strategize to overcome problems1

Strategize to Overcome Problems

  • When you get stuck…

    • What is one task I can accomplish?

    • Am I being too hard on myself?

    • Does this need to be perfect?

    • Can I do just one more thing?

    • What is the best use of my time right now?

    • Can I delegate this?

    • How did I just waste time? (cleaning bathroom)

    • Am I using all the resources available to me?


Strategize to overcome problems2

Strategize to Overcome Problems

  • Avoid Procrastination…

    • Make your plans a part of public record

    • Study with others

    • Step back and check your progress from time to time

    • Verbalize your excuses

    • Visualize success or completion

    • Find a reward

Tips for taking a final exam

Tips for Taking a Final Exam

  • What is your mind set?

  • Preview all questions before beginning!!!

  • Plan your time/Points/Weighted

  • Mind Dump/Anxiety Reduction

  • Read each question carefully

    • Look for specifics in the directions for each section

  • Guess – leave nothing blank!

  • Take the entire time allotted - Be last to Finish

  • Review test, be sure it is complete

Is your toolbox complete

Is Your Toolbox Complete?



Eric B. Miller

Academic Advisor

University College Advising Center

(615) 898-2339

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