Tag Archives: final exams

Study Tips: Preparing for Finals

Heading for finals: Don’t hit the wall. Climb over it!

by Texas State SLAC

Does this sound like you or someone you know? During exams, do you:

  • go blank
  • become frustrated
  • start thinking “I can’t do this” or “I’m stupid”
  • feel your heart racing or find it difficult to breathe
  • know the answers — after turning in a test
  • score much lower than on homework or papers
Final exams don't need to be a stressful experience. Photo:  timswinson.com

Final exams don’t need to be a stressful experience. Photo: timswinson.com

Many students find their anxiety level heightens toward the semester’s end. Pressures causing this can come from many sources and vary according to your performance in each of your classes. Continue reading

Study Tips: Finals Prep 2012

Finals: How to prepare
without going to extremes

By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)

Woman studying in library

Alkek Library: Your home away from home.

It’s that special time of year again! As the 2012 fall semester winds down, Texas State students are gearing up for their biggest academic challenge: finals week.

Indeed, the quest for a stellar final grade will push many students to extremes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If students take advantage of their time and resources, finals can be one of the smoothest weeks of the year.

The following tips were collected to help Texas State students shine light into the looming shadow of finals week so they can finish the semester strong.

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Study Tips: Summer Success

Summer school success relies on smart tactics, regular study habits

Student studying in the Memorial Garden at Texas State

By Andrew Osegi ’14

Texas State University‘s Summer II term has just started, but finals are only a few weeks away. Thousands of students across campus will soon be asking themselves, “Am I ready?”

Test taking can be a challenging obstacle for many students, especially at the college level. Although studying is a skill many of us learned in high school, a number of students fail to fine tune their study skills in college and consequently struggle to prepare for exams. With tests usually accounting for the majority of a student’s final grade in a college class, it’s important to be well prepared for them.

The following are studying tips known to be effective when it comes to knowledge retention. As a junior at Texas State, I have found a few methods that work best for me, and I’ve included those as well. Some may seem like common sense, but all are useful tools for success in the classroom. Continue reading

Around Campus: Late Night at LBJ

LBJ Student Center
looks to bridge study gap

By Mary Kincy

An image of a dictionary, notebook and pencil.

The LBJ Student Center at Texas State will extend its hours to accommodate students studying for final exams.

A venue for study in a space more commonly used for recreation is just one of the ways Texas State is adapting to the final exam period.

Starting Sunday, Dec. 4, the LBJ Student Center opened a Quiet Study Zone on its third floor where students may retreat for individual study from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Other areas of the building are open for small group study and discussion. Continue reading

Around Campus: Bobcat Tram

Bus service offers tips
for getting there on time

By Mary Kincy

A photo of a Bobcat tram.

A Bobcat Tram waits for riders. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Juarez, The University Star.

The first final exams of the fall 2011 semester at Texas State begin Wednesday, Dec. 7. For those, who regularly use Bobcat Tram to get around campus, the exam schedule could affect the volume of ridership.

Paul Hamilton, manager of the Bobcat Tram bus service, says a student planning to take the tram and hoping to be there on time should allow a few extra minutes to ensure it happens.  Continue reading

Bobcat Voices: Finals Advice

Bobcats share advice on tackling
exams with knowledge, sanity intact

Woman studying in library

Bobcat exam advice? "Study slowly. Don't cram. Get enough sleep."

Classes are over; now it’s time for finals. We asked the Texas State community to share their advice on preparing well for final exams. We’ve compiled their suggestions and insights to help you finish strong this semester. Good luck, Bobcats!

Christine M. Get eight hours of sleep every night. Cramming the night before and not getting sleep actually brings down your grade. Study over two or three days then review the day of the final to refresh your memory.

Alyssa R. Study a little at a time…don’t cram!

Jennifer V. Don’t cram. Remember, if you don’t know it an hour before the exam, you’re not going to remember it FOR the exam either. Give your mind a bit of a break between studying and taking the test to breathe. You mind is a like a muscle, it needs breaks to function well. Good luck everybody!

Elizabeth M. Write it, don’t type it. Teach it to someone else. Continue reading

Happenings: Moonlight Breakfast

Moonlight Breakfast serves up egg-cellent study break for Bobcats

Texas State faculty prepare and serve breakfast favorites to students at the Moonlight Breakfast.

By Catherine Harper

With books stacked high and tension even higher, finals week at Texas State is a stressful time for students. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, students can blow off steam before finals at Texas State’s annual Moonlight Breakfast — yes, breakfast at night — at Jones Food Court from 9-11 p.m.

For nearly 30 years, the Moonlight Breakfast has served as a staple for students to unwind with friends over a comforting morning meal cooked and served by Texas State faculty and staff.

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Study Tips: Fall Finals

Final approach: Don’t hit the wall;
climb over it instead

By Texas State SLAC

Many students find their anxiety level at an all-time high by the end of the semester. Is this you during finals? Do you:

  • Feel like you go blank?
  • Become frustrated?
  • Find yourself thinking, “I can’t do this” or “I am stupid”?
  • Feel your heart racing or find it difficult to breathe?
  • Suddenly remember the answers after turning in a test?
  • Score much lower on exams than on homework or papers?

Pressure can come from many directions. Maybe you just want to do as well on your final exam as you have during the semester. Maybe you must earn a top score on your final to improve your overall grade. Reacting to performance pressure, anxiety and stress can challenge even the best students, but you can take control by “preparing to succeed.” In other words, rather than hitting the wall, create a plan of action that will help you vault over it. Here are some tips:  Continue reading

Study Tips: Finals

Final approach: Don’t hit the wall,
climb over it

By Texas State SLAC

Many students find their anxiety level at an all-time high by the end of the semester. Is this you during finals?

  • Feel like you go blank?
  • Become frustrated?
  • Find yourself thinking, “I can’t do this,” or “I am stupid”?
  • Feel your heart racing or find it difficult to breathe?
  • Suddenly remember the answers after turning in a test?
  • Score much lower on exams than on homework or papers?

Pressure can come from many directions. Maybe you just want to do as well on your final exam as you have during the semester. Maybe you must do well on your final to pull up your grade. Reacting to performance pressure, anxiety and stress can challenge even the best students, but you can take control by “preparing to succeed.” Continue reading