Preparing your students for finals.

Football. Homecoming.  Halloween. The semester has just flown by, hasn’t it? Don’t look now, but finals are just around the corner! Eeek! How did that happen? Are your students prepared? If not, don’t worry – there’s still time to prepare.

Let them know it’s coming

In all the excitement of the holidays, it can be easy to forget about the looming tests on the horizon. Give your scholars-in-training a reminder of what’s coming. Make sure finals are something they’re aware of so they can start studying and getting ready.

Provide the tools to succeed.

It’s much easier to succeed when you have the right equipment. For example, unless you’re some sort of savant, math is much more approachable with a calculator. Rulers, pens and planners also come in handy not just during studying, but when taking the test itself.

Go over what’s covered.

One of the most frustrating things for students come finals is trying to know what to prioritize. Help them clearly understand what will be covered and tested on the final. Is it cumulative or will it just cover vital information? Knowing the limits of the exam will make it much easier to find the information they’re looking for in their notebooks and organize studying.

Help determine a plan of attack.

Break the course down into manageable chunks, so students can study a bit at a time. When each area to be covered on the test  is presented in a bite-sized chunk, students feel less overwhelmed and can grasp the concepts better.

Help students blow off steam.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Give your students a break and help them unwind from the stress of studying.  Have a little party with snacks like candy, popcorn and nuts. The reprieve from studying will help them recharge mentally and they’ll enjoy the treats.