Advice for Final Exams

Colin Reis, Staff Writer

Unlike most kids in my grade (10th), I have taken two final exams at Oratory Prep, and let me tell you, it ain’t no picnic. But if you study effectively, you will get the results you hope for, or at least pretty close. Here are some of my tips on how to study for your final exam.

  1. Take Breaks: Now, I’m not making this as an excuse not to study. You’re going to study for multiple hours and this can become tiring and stressful. Go out with friends, go for a jog/walk, watch some TV, or anything relaxing. Also, if you are studying on your computer, take a break from the screen to avoid eye strain and exhaustion.
  2. Make a Study Guide: Making study guides for each of your classes is important for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a good thing to have as a reference point. Second, you’re writing down information that you will remember and take notice of, which will make the information more familiar to you once you are studying.
  3. Study with a Friend: This can be a good or bad thing depending on who you choose to study with. The reason it could be a problem is that you could become distracted and unfocused with your friend. However, if you utilize this time to your advantage, it can be very helpful. You can quiz each other and help each other out on problems, and, from experience, it’s fun and effective.
  4. Don’t spend too much time on one question: These finals usually consist of about 50-100 questions plus possible essay questions as well. You have 90 minutes to finish the test, so you must use that time wisely. Spend about a minute on each question and move on to the next one. If you don’t know the right answer, put your best guess and check it over at the end. Getting 1 or 2 questions wrong is not a big deal. 

Well, I hope these tips help and I wish everyone good luck on the upcoming exams!