10 Tips for Getting Ready for High School Finals

Getting Ready For Finals

10 Tips for Getting Ready for High School Finals

Geraldine Markel, PhD

It’s a busy time of the year. Sporting events, celebrations, ACT or SAT tests, and—finals. Perhaps the weather is inviting you to be outside, rather than studying. How can you begin to prepare and avoid common pitfalls?

Here are 10 tips to help you:

  1. Clean out your backpack. Organize those dog-eared papers into piles representing different courses. Find any assignments that were not handed in or completed and put them in a separate pile
  2. Check Blackboard or other school-based monitoring systems. Are there missing assignments or extra credit options? How many points do you need to earn half a grade higher?
  3. Talk to your teachers if you want to improve your grade. Ask, “How can I best prepare for finals?” Are there any extra credit opportunities?”
  4. Talk to teachers, counselors or parents about possible tutoring if you don’t understand some of the material.
  5. Make a list for each course of the material you need to cover for the final.
  6. Begin to review the vocabulary and definitions for each course. Ask, “What basic facts, concepts, or formulas should have been memorized?”
  7. Assign a few hours each week to complete your reviews.
  8. Get a study buddy for one or two of your most difficult or tedious courses. Set a time to work at a library, via Skype or at school.
  9. Avoid stress by taking deep breaths and a few stretches prior to studying.
  10. Keep track of your progress. Take a minute to check off each time you study or the number of terms you memorize.

The saying, “The early bird gets the worm” helps you remember that better grades are within you reach when you begin to prepare early for tests. Just cleaning the backpack sets the stage for action.

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