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Study Tips: Finals Countdown

Heading for Finals: Don’t Hit the Wall. Climb Over It!


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

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Study Tips: Multiple-choice Exams

The decisive moment: Essential tips for taking multiple-choice exams

By Texas State SLAC

Scantron form being filled out with a pencil

Use helpful strategies for taking multiple-choice exams.

When you get your exams back, do you hear yourself say, “Why did I mark that answer?” You might want to rethink how you take multiple-choice exams. Aside from studying to master the content being tested, here’s a step-by-step process to ensure that your test-taking skills are at their best when multiple choice gets tricky. Continue reading

Study Tips: Spring Finals 2012

Are you a self-saboteur? When it comes to finals, avoid pitfalls.

By Texas State SLAC

Woman studying in library

As finals approach, prepare to pace yourself.

As finals approach, it’s important to have a sound strategy for finishing each course well. You can undermine a semester’s worth of work (and a good GPA) with bad study techniques. Follow these reminders of what not to do while preparing for crucial tests and last papers. 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

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