final exam A+How to Prepare for Finals-It’s that time of the year where students and teachers are working hard to bring the semester to the end.  With all of the demands and stress preparing for the upcoming tests, use these tips to help take control of finals and not let finals take control of you!

YOU NEED A PLAN…and for Math, that means doing a little each day!  I tell my students over and over and over again, you cannot “cram” for a math test, so don’t even try.  You cannot “fake” math, which means you actually have to take the time to learn it.  And with math, learning means doing.  There are no shortcuts and doing one problem is not enough to say “Oh, I get it!”.  The best thing to do is to keep up with the course and the homework the entire semester and clear up questions along the way.  Then, when it comes to the final, it’s just pulling it all together.

So, a good piece of advice is to take the study guide, if you are lucky enough to get one, and do a chunk of it each day.  Make a notecard along the way with formulas.  After you have gone through the whole study guide, take a mock test with a timer, because not only do you need to be able to do the problems, but do them in a timely manner, as well.

For middle and high schoolers, many teachers allow students to retake old tests and quizzes to improve their grade or turn in make-up work.  So, check with your teachers to see if you can do this.  Be proactive!  Do not expect them to chase after you.

Good luck!

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