Exams weight heavily on final grades for classes. In order to get a good grade for the class, students need to get at least a B on their final. This puts a lot of stress on students to do well. Some students even pull all nighters to try and study all the material they have learned over the semester. Here’s a list of some effective ways to study in order to get a good grade on those dreaded final exams:
1. Get some sleep!
The majority of college students do not get enough sleep during the school year. And the amount of sleep they get decreases during finals week. The brain needs a sufficient amount of sleep to function at it’s optimal capacity. If you want a good grade on your final exams, you have to rest your brain. Get at least 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep before your finals. You will be in a better condition, physically and mentally, to score well on your exams.
2. Organize a Study Group
Look around you when you are in class. Everyone is out for the same thing you are – to get a good grade on the final exam. Since your classmates have the same goal as you, why not use it to you advantage. Ask around and see if anyone is interested in joining your study group. If there is a topic that you don’t understand completely, chances are one of your classmates will be able to explain it to you during the study group session. All the participants will be able to put their own perspectives on problems giving you a greater understanding of the issues.
3. Use Flash Cards
When you use flash cards to study, it really helps in memorization. This is particularly helpful for classes such as nursing, pre-med, physical therapy, science, etc. where you need to memorize words and definitions. You can even find flash cards that have a picture on one side (such as a muscle, bone) and the name of the picture on the backside. You can usually buy a pack of flash cards that will pertain to your class, or you can make them on your own. Find a friend who is willing to hold up flash cards for you and keep at it until you have memorized the whole pack.
4. Find a Quiet Spot to Study
Sometimes it’s hard to study in your dorm room if your roommate has friends over or if people constantly keep coming in to hang out with you. When you have some serious reading to do, sometimes it’s just best to hole up in the library. Find a spot where you will have the least chance of being disturbed and bury your head in the book. You’ll be surprised at how much you can get done when there are no distractions. If you’re an early riser, you can head to the cafeteria to study over breakfast. Most college students aren’t up at your early hour, so you’ll get some undisturbed time to study over a hot meal.
5. Buy Study Guides and Solutions Manuals
Most textbooks come with an optional study guide or solutions manual. If you’re smart, you’ll buy them used online at a cheap price. They will be especially helpful in studying the important issues in your textbook. Answer the questions at the end of each chapter and compare them to the solutions manual. Some solutions manuals will even go into depth to explain why the answer is what it is. Study Guides will also help you to understand topics discussed in the textbook. When you get a broader understanding of issues in your textbook, you’ll do better on your final exam for the course.
6. Ask your professor for help
Most professors are available after class to help students understand course material. Make an appointment to meet with your professor to discuss issues that you didn’t understand during the lecture. Your professor will gladly explain the topic in a more comprehensive manner.