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Acing Your Finals

The school year is quickly coming to a close. With finals looming, here are a few simple tips to make the most of your studying:

1. Begin studying now! Your teacher may or may not tell you what will be on your final. Either way, you know your final will cover something you learned this semester. If you do not know what material will be on your final, try asking your teacher. If you get an answer - great! If you do not get an answer, try studying concepts and information you struggled with during the semester. Maybe this material will not be on your final, but, if it is, you'll be in good shape.

2. Create a study plan. Set aside a certain amount of time each day for studying so you can avoid cramming. Also, decide how you will study. Will you make flashcards? Should you make acronyms for vocab words? Essay topic ideas? Incremental, structured studying produces better grades.

3. Plan for help, if you need it. If you're struggling with a tough math class or a complicated chemistry course, you might consider finding help from a friend, teacher, or tutor. Having someone help you with studying is often a great way to prepare for tests. A tutor or friend who is skilled in a subject can quickly help you understand material that might take you several nights of studying on your own to comprehend. If you think you'll need someone to help you study, be sure to plan ahead. Tutors and teachers become very busy as finals near, so make sure you carve out time in their schedules before it's gone.