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A Badger’s Guide to Preparing for Exams

Final exams are here, but are you ready for them? I know preparing for final exams can be stressful, so here are some tips to help you to get through it:

1. Build a plan
You may have different exams on the same day, so you need to have a plan when you start reviewing your course materials. Build a weekly schedule prior to your exams, then, you can use it as a checklist to ensure each you’re completing your goals each day.

2. Knowing, understanding and practicing
All the class notes and past exams are useful, but you must be able to sort through and make sense of them in a way that you understand. When you review, classification is a useful way to test your study status. You can identify which concept you know or understand. Then, the more you practice, the more you are familiar with the knowledge.

3. Don’t hesitate to ask!
When you are unsure or misunderstand some concept, you should ask professors, teaching assistants and classmates. If it appears on your exam, you will regret it. They are willing to help, so if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask!

4. Time management
Find out your study preferences and habits. Do you prefer studying in the morning or at night? Understanding a time you can focus and stay on task will help you retain more information. Use a calendars with reminders on your phone to help organize your time.

5. Take study breaks!
Studying is important but it’s important to schedule in down time. Taking a break between studies will release you from stress. Regular exercise, sleep, and nutritious food will keep you in physical and mental health.

Good luck to everyone on the final exams!

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