At first, preparing for finals early can sound like stressful overkill. But if you get organized as soon as possible, you’ll actually be less stressed. Always keep finals in mind, even in the first few months of the semester, and the exams will be a breeze.
Write to your future self
When you’re taking notes, write in a way that your future self will understand. Try to write neatly, and form sentences that make sense. This way, you won’t have any missing gaps in the information.
Always keep tests in mind
Think about what information will be especially important for your upcoming tests. Try to focus most of your energy on it. Don’t waste your time on readings that you probably won’t be quizzed on.
Think about common themes
Think about common themes or connections in the material. In the final, you may be asked to write essays connecting ideas from different units. It’s helpful if you’ve already given these connections some thought.
Don’t wait to ask your teacher questions. Don’t procrastinate until right before the final like everyone else. Get your confusions out of the way as soon as they arise. You’ll feel more confident in your classes in general.
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About Nadira Berman
As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.
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