Think back on the first day of the semester when you thought to yourself “Whoa…16 weeks is a long time from now!” And then – fast forward! – here you are today still going strong and getting ready for finals week!
So why is it that many students dread the arrival of finals week? Regardless of what you may have heard, finals week was not created to inflict punishment on students nor was it intended to cause great anxiety.
Finals week is a way for you to show each of your professors that you have paid attention the entire semester, that you took your studies seriously, that you understood the class discussions, and that you deserve that passing grade because you are prepared for the exam!
Your professors are NOT suddenly going to test you on a scientific discovery, historical event, or classic literary novel that you haven’t discussed or read in your classes! Everything that is asked of you on your final exams will be information that you have learned in your classes. For example, during your exam for Earth Science, you will not be asked to describe the economic theory of supply and demand. But, if you ARE asked that question, you may just be sitting in the wrong class taking the wrong exam at the wrong time! Ummm…please try to avoid that scenario from happening…
Lastly, having to take a final exam at the end of the semester SHOULD NOT BE A SURPRISE to you! At this point of the semester, you should already be aware that a final exam is going to be part of your semester grade. (Note: If you ARE surprised at having to take a final exam, go back to your syllabus……..that information will most definitely be there!)
So, with that said, gather your textbooks, lecture notes, and previous exams so that you can start preparing NOW for finals. And, once finals are over, you can sit back and relax before the start of the next semester!
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