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What are tips you have to study for finals?

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Thank you comment icon When studying for finals, I suggest getting a snack, turning off all electronics, and chewing mint gum. Study the course for around 30 minutes, while chewing the gum, then take a snack break. Study again for around an hr, but don't go over an hr... it'll cause you to start forgetting. Take another break, but while on the break, start thinking about some random facts you just learned while studying!! Ma'Kya
Thank you comment icon What I find helpful is studying for 20 minutes and then writing down everything you remember. Doing this allows one to be more confident in the material and is positive reinforcement. And, try not to focus on what you don't know, but learn mnemonics and find similarities to concepts that you do know to achieve mastery. Kennedee

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Deijana’s Answer

spend sometimes reviewing your notes and pasts tests and quizzes. Use flashcards to write down things you have gotten wrong in the past and things that you know easily. Test your self and then get together with friends in the class and use your flash cards together. When the fun is over go home and test yourself again.

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Study with friends
Study alone
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Lynette’s Answer

Three things that I have always found vital while studying for finals are to :

1. Get plenty of sleep! This is one of the most important parts of studying in making sure that you have enough rest to retain information properly.
2. Leave more time than you need. Time flies! Leave extra time to go through the little details when studying or being able to have that extra read-through time for a paper. You can definitely accomplish something in a day, but if you leave that extra time, you will be able to produce a lot better work.
3. Take time to understand the material. It's always easy to just memorize the material just to take an exam or get through this exhausting period, but especially in the beginning when you're learning the basics, really try to understand what you've been taught as it is the foundation of what you will be learning in the future.

Good luck!!
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Rija’s Answer

When I was in college, this is what I did:

I started studying 3-4 days before my finals. During that time, I would make flashcards and for instance, read one in my head three times, and then repeat it out loud 3 times. This really helped me retain the information. After studying for about an hour or so, I would take a 5-10 minute break and have some water and snacks. Even though finals are important, so is your health!! The best thing I did was getting plenty of sleep because if you don't sleep, you won't be as attentive as you need to be. Finally, believe in yourself, you're gonna do great!
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Jessica! Some tips I would prefer would be to make a list of all the chapter/topics covered throughout the semester; this can also be found in your syllabus. Break up the work based on your chapters, such as if there are 12 chapters do a chapter or 2 every nigh before the final. Spaced learning is the best so definitely give yourself time; I would also advise studying with others and testing each other. Make sure to focus on studying while studying and close all distractions like your phone. If you have any difficulty in a topic be sure to get help before exam day, attend your professor's office hours and on-campus tutoring services as well!

I wish you the best!
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Simeon’s Answer

Study groups are really helpful as friends often catch on to points you might have missed in class. I'd also recommend Quizlet; it's a free app full of flash cards and other resources. They have material for almost all classes I have ever taken and found it to be extremely helpful.
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Gisselle’s Answer

Always try to start studying a couple weeks before the actual final so you won't have to worry about cramming it all in at the end! Get some snacks, maybe a study buddy, and music its so relaxing! Try studying for 40 minutes and then take a 10 minute break and go on like that.
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Jack’s Answer

Hey Jessica. Below are few things that worked for me.

1.) It's important to not procrastinate, so review your materials few weeks prior to the exam.
2.) Be in a study setting where you do your best studying! For me, it was at the coffee shop with headphones on.
3.) Break up the studying by chapters.
4.) Get plenty of sleep.

Hope this helps and best of luck!
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Paula’s Answer

Hello Jessica,

Great question! I am currently in nursing school, and I have finals coming up soon. Normally finals are comprehensive, so that means it's over everything that you have learned and been tested over in your previous exams. My advice to you would be to review the study guides that were given or that you made for your previous exams. If there is new material to learn I would pay extra attention to those chapters because they will most tested subjects on the final. I would also study certain chapters every day leading up to the final. For example, I would study chapters 1-3 on Monday, and 4-6 on Tuesday, etc. If you try to cram all of it in a short amount of time, you will not retain as much information. I also recommend actually learning the material and understanding it, versus just memorizing it. If you are studying for med-surg, 1. good luck, and 2. I recommend using the LATTE method developed by Nurse Mo from Straight A Nursing.
Looks, how will your pt look
Assess, what should you as the nurse assess
Tests specific to the disease
Treatment specific to the disease
Educate, what are important education pieces that you need to teach

I would also recommend listening to nursing podcasts when you are doing things such as cleaning or working out to maximize your studying time. My suggestions would be Stright A Nursing and Simple Nursing podcasts.

I hope this helps. Good luck!
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Simon’s Answer

My advice:
1. Assess how much time you can spend revising the courses. One month? 3 weeks or 2 weeks? Make a study plan to prioritize the revision of each of your courses, since usually you need to study for multiple courses for the final exams. For instance, depending on how many courses you need to study, you may allocate 3 hours from 9 to 12 in the morning to Course A, 3 hours from 2 to 5 in the afternoon to Course B, and another 3 hours in the evening for Course C.
2. Go through all the concepts and study notes before starting practicing problems. Outline the structure of the course contents and summarize the key concepts and formulas on a notebook or pieces of papers while you are revising. Mark down or copy to a notebook the problems that you answer wrongly. This serves as a quick recap for you one or two days before your exam days.
3. Find a quiet place to study, ideally library or self-study room. This does keep you more focused on your study.
4. Find a friend to study with. In case you have any questions, you may discuss with your friend. You may even discover new areas that you are not familiar with through discussion with your friend.
5. Ensure that you have enough sleep. Staying energized is essential for achieving satisfactory results in your finals.
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Sunny’s Answer

Hi Jessica,

When I studied for finals in college, I always tried to review the things that the professors emphasized the most during the class. If they give a lot of examples on a specific concept or spend more time on explaining it, there's a higher possibility of seeing them on the finals. As far as I know, finals usually are not focused on every single details, it is more of a test to check if you comprehend main concepts and solve basic problems.

Also, you can utilize the final review paper. Most professors give out a final exam summary to give students ideas where they have to focus more on studying. So make sure you understand those concepts in the final summary and also practice the actual problems.

Good luck!

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