Now that you've reflected on your habits, let's talk about how you can efficiently prepare for final exams. Some courses/professor provide study guides -- particularly if there is a common final. Begin studying as soon as you get it. Set aside a little bit of time every night to complete a section of the guide. If you aren't given a study guide, you can make one. Here's how:
- Begin by using each syllabus topic as a heading.
- For each topic, identify concepts, formulas, and main ideas you should know. If you're not sure, then look at the sections in the text that correspond to the syllabus topic.
- Compare your study guide with a friend's. By now you ideally have 1-2 people in each class that you can contact. If not, make a new friend FAST. You know who's been asking the good questions.