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Getting Ready for Final Exams

With just over a week until final exams begin, now is a great time to start preparing. Here are four tips to help you get ready:

  1. View the student exam schedule. Did you know that Loyola’s Records office publishes a schedule of when all exams are set to take place? You can see it on the office’s website. Be sure to confirm the dates of your exams with your professors or syllabi early, though, in case there are any other deadlines that you should be aware of.
  2. Plan out your study time. Once you know the dates of your exams, it’ll be easier to decide when to study for each one. When allocating study time in your schedule, consider the following:
    • What’s the order of your exams?
    • Which exams are you expecting will be harder or easier for you? (To determine this, think not only about what the exams themselves will require from you but also how you have fared in your courses this semester.)
    • Are there any additional components to the exams, such as group projects, reflection papers, etc.?
    • Given the answers to these questions, you should have a better idea of when and how long to study for each of your exams.
  3. Check your technology and workspace. While some technical and other issues are unavoidable, try to be proactive in preventing or mitigating any challenges that you can anticipate. For instance, if you know that your internet is sometimes spotty, try to move closer to your router or use a wired connection at least a few days before your exams. That way, you can test out the setup and ensure that it doesn’t present any new obstacles, such as outside noise.
  4. Factor in relaxation time. As stressful and time-consuming as preparing for your exams might be, it’s important to set aside time to relax along the way. Whether relaxing for you is exercising, doing a hobby, or taking part in another activity, the time spent away from studying will help you feel more refreshed and focused when you return.

Good luck with your exams and check out the rest of The Study’s website for more support!