Hey students! Finals are right around the corner. Check out these tips from Adam Floridia, English instructor here at MxCC.
1) DON’T wait until the last minute to study. Start reading over your notes and old quizzes/tests NOW. Do this for 30-60 minutes a day, and by the time the final comes you’ll know the material cold!
2) Find out everything you can about the exam: is it multiple choice, short answer, essay, etc. Then, based on what you know, come up with your own exam questions. What things do you think the professor will most likely ask? (Then, of course, be prepared to answer those questions.)
3) For exams that require memorization of terms or concepts, never underestimate the power of flashcards!
4) Don’t forget about the College Learning Center. There you can get FREE tutoring! (This includes English tutors who will work through drafts of papers with you!)
5) For exams that will cover multiple chapters, make an outline of each of the chapters that will be covered. This way, once you’ve got your outlines, those are all you’ll need to review, not chapter after chapter. Also, writing down the important information while making your outlines will help that information “stick” in your head.
6) PROOFREAD! For any exams that require written responses or for final papers, PROOFREAD slowly and carefully.
7) Don’t stress! The easy way to do this is to do suggestions 1-6; by doing those other things, you can enter every exam period confident that you are prepared to kick butt.
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
Adam Floridia is an instructor of English at MxCC. He has been at the college since 2007.