A basic way to study for a final exam on any subject is to first review the class notes, quizzes and textbook assignments, take a practice test to see what the areas of weakness are and study up on these areas. Having a study plan in place can help a student ace his exam.
Although students can study by themselves for an exam, it is a useful idea to study with a classmate or form a study group. Once a student has a study partner or group, he may want to follow this study plan.
- Establish a schedule
- Gather all materials needed for the exam
- Take a practice exam
- Stop studying
Find a time when everyone in the study group can meet a few times a week prior to the exam. Begin studying early enough so that students have enough time to go over all the topics covered on the exam. Avoid cramming for the test.
Put together all class notes and homework assignments for the specific exam subject. Review these materials together, ask others in the group questions if some topic is unclear. Go over past tests or quizzes given by the teacher in the semester and be sure to follow a teacher's suggestions on what topics may be covered on the exam.
Take some questions from the textbook used in the class and prepare a test or use past tests. Do the test. Review the test together and study any areas of weaknesses and retake another test.
Cease studying 12 to 24 hours prior to the day of the exam and get enough rest that night. Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the test, but avoid caffeinated drinks.