It’s that time of year again. As the Fall 2022 semester comes to a close, college students across Tallahassee will start cramming for final exams. The last several months of papers, math tests, and extensive readings will all be evaluated before the semester ends. Whether you’re finishing your first semester as a freshman, or about to complete a master’s program—it’s extremely important to study for finals.
As a collegiate level student, the last thing you want is to feel behind in your studies, or worse: fail an entire class. Think of the time and money spent to get where you are! Finals tend to create a stigma of compressing a semester worth of information into crazed, late-night study sessions. What if we told you there was an easier way?
Whether you are studying at Tallahassee Community College, Florida A&M University, or Florida State University – there are TONS of resources at your disposal. Believe it or not, universities want to see you succeed to the best of your abilities! However, college students may find themselves too caught up in their friends, social lives, jobs, anxiety, etc. instead of putting all their focus into finals.
We want to help Tally students put aside additional stresses and create a clear mind ready to dominate the upcoming final exams. So, pour yourself a cup of strong coffee and buckle in! This article will fill your brain with useful studying tips, along with providing academic resources for Tallahassee universities.
When assigned a reading, read it before class. Seems pretty obvious, right? Some may be surprised to learn that few students complete their assigned reading. A 2011 study found that out of 395 students, only 24.8% completed the reading material prior to class. However, 40% of students claimed they would complete the readings once it was time for exam preparation. When questioned about potential grade outcomes, 89.1% of students believed they would receive a C or higher grade without completing any of the reading.
The study addressed the lack of pre-lecture reading across universities and majors. Results indicated that students at the top of the class almost always read the material before entering the classroom. The benefits of required reading include creating a diverse knowledge base, learning new concepts, improving critical thinking, and expanding vocabulary. It may seem repetitive to advise completing the homework your professor already assigned to you. However, the proof is in the grades! By prioritizing your readings, you will be one step closer to acing your exams.
Students learn the process of note taking from an early age. Yet many struggle to find a productive, note-taking strategy. Maybe you frantically write down every syllable out of the professor’s mouth, or you only take down notes if the professor requests it. There is a happy-medium when it comes to high quality note-taking habits as a college student. The following is a list of helpful note-taking tips to prepare for finals:
Every college student’s nightmare: time management. One of the biggest struggles of stepping into university is realizing that there is no one breathing down your neck about assignments, due dates, and progress. As a college student, you oversee your own time management. Is it then surprising to learn that 90% of college students procrastinate?
According to a 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey from Cengage:
Some of the most common side effects due to lack of time management include declining academic performance, lack of sleep, stress, poor diet, and an increased risk of dropping out. So, what’s the solution? Below is a list of time management strategies to keep you organized and on track:
With fall semester ending in a few short weeks, students are beginning the stage of test preparation. As previously mentioned, the earlier you begin studying the better. We’d advise two to three weeks of studying at least, so you don’t have to cram moments before exams.
To best prepare for an upcoming final exam, follow these steps:
Follow these strategies to prepare yourself for this final exam season. Being a college student is hard—and sometimes the most difficult part is figuring out how to do it effectively. We want our Tally students not only to survive finals, but to crush it!
The reality of finals is that it’s nearly impossible to learn an entire semester worth of information in a matter of days. There is no “secret” to quick learning that does not come with burn out. The best way to prepare yourself for finals… is to prepare! Use the facilities available and encouraged by your university. Take the time to engage in your classes, complete the reading, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
The following is a list of resources for each Tallahassee college:
Florida State University (FSU) offers its students multiple resources for studying and tutoring. Students at FSU can find multiple sources both on campus and online to help them study for upcoming finals. FSU organizes its resources by topic on their Tutoring Resources page. The following is a list of learning resources for FSU students:
Florida A&M University (FAMU) has several learning centers designed to have professional tutors work with students to help them study. The USSC learning centers offer 1-on-1 tutoring sessions, group study sessions, skills workshops, course content review sessions, and essay writing workshops.
FAMU’s goal for the learning centers include creating a dialogue between students to help them navigate their educational foundation and build on their academic strengths. The following is a list of studying resources for FAMU students:
Tallahassee Community College (TCC) is often used as a stepping stone for students before transferring to FSU or FAMU. TCC provides learning and tutoring options for students focused on upcoming finals. The following is a list of studying resources for TCC students:
Done with finals and looking for some fun? Tallahassee has tons of exciting activities and events year-round, just take a look at our events calendar!