How can students prepare themselves for finals?

By: Kyley Wilhite

Multimedia Journalist

Final exams can be a very stressful time for college students. Tarleton State University finals are set to begin Dec. 2 and grades are due Dec. 13. They are based on specific classes/majors and are split up throughout the week according to class times.

Tarleton has set up a specific day known as reading day Dec.1 in order for students to study for their finals without having to worry about any university events interfering with their cram time.

Final schedule broken down by class and time.
Picture Courtesy of the Tarleton State University Calendar.

Shorelight, a website dedicated to student success, recommends, “Making the most of your class time, creating flashcards, taking advantage of office hours and attending review sessions.”

“Finals can be super stressful for students, considering that in some cases, their final grade hinges on their performance on their final,” states the Dean of Communications Christopher Gearhart.

How can these exams cause added anxiety?

Oxford learning states, “Test anxiety can already be present in students. With large tests coming up, however, this can only increase to where students don’t end up getting enough sleep or eat enough due to studying for long periods of time.”

Many people say that you should try switching it up when it comes to studying. By that I mean, taking 30 minutes to study each topic so your brain isn’t overloaded with information because it needs time in between to absorb, synthesize and understand the new content.

Studies say that making acronyms for harder classes helps you memorize better. When trying to remember things like all of the muscles in a human body, making a graph with the acronyms in order may help you remember things better.

According to Andrew Smith, a nutritional scientist at PubMed, “Chewing gum increases alertness. This means that gum can help with memory tasks like studying, so it’s a good idea to chew gum while you study and before you take your test.”

For me, I write down deadlines in my planner and use different colored pens for each assignment or class. Using specific colors can help you remember the specific assignments that are due for different classes.

“One of the study tips that I suggest to students is to go back and re-write your class lecture notes,” Gearhart said.

Students studying for upcoming exams in the library.
Photo By: Kyley Wilhite

Freshman Sports Management major Taylor Clarkson said, “I make notecards for the questions on the test and then quiz myself with those questions. It helps me to better remember the unit we are going over.”

When asked about their study tips throughout the years, several senior students on campus said they take advantage of office hours because professors want students to succeed just as much as the students want to.

Be open with them and always ask questions because the more honest you are, the more they will be willing to work with you.

When you try to study, make sure that you are staying focused and finding a groove for your classes. Ask your professors for help while needed. And don’t be afraid to switch up how you study for each different class.

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