How to Create a Finals Week Study Guide
You have made it through the semester, and now it's time to get ready for finals week. You're beginning to feel overwhelmed by how much you need to study and how little time you have to spend on it. What can you do to get ready for all of your finals efficiently and effectively? Here are some things to consider when creating a guide to aid your studying for finals:

When are your exams?
The first thing you need to do is get out a calendar and mark down when each of your exams will occur. Make sure to put the subject and the time. Determine how long you have between now and then to study for each exam, and which exams you should study for first.

What will be on the exams?
Will your exams be cumulative or just cover material introduced since the last exam? Once you determine the timeframe that the exam will cover, you will need to determine what material was covered during that timeframe. If you attended every class and are a good note-taker, look back through your notes. You can also look at your class syllabus or the table of contents of your textbook to find the broad topics that were covered in each class.

What will the exams be like?
Are the exams likely to be difficult or easy for you? Will they be multiple-choice or essay? Spend more time studying for exams that are likely to be more difficult. You should also spend more time on the exams that will count for a larger percentage of your overall grade.

Make an outline
An easy and effective way to make a study guide is to write an outline of the material to be covered on the exam. Make the outline more detailed on the sections that you need to spend more time studying. You can also make flashcards to help me write my essay  and study vocabulary, dates, and the like.

What do you already understand?
If there are certain sections of the material that you understand well, glance over the material and keep moving on. Focus at first on those aspects of the material that you need to review a bit. If there is time, you can schedule an appointment with the professor or a teaching assistant to help you understand those aspects of the material that are really giving you a hard time.

Making the study guide is half the battle
The act of reviewing, organizing, and summarizing the material that will be on the exam is, in itself, a form of studying. Even if you don't have as much time as you would like to use your guide, the act of making it has already helped you to prepare.

Finals week is a time to show what you have learned during your classes. Some finals (and some subjects) may be easier for you than others. Use your time to prepare most for those final exams that will be the most difficult. Figure out what is likely to be on the exam and then prepare a study guide. The act of preparing the study guide may also help you to prepare for the exam. It will also provide you with something that you can review quickly when you have study time between now and the exam itself.

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