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Tips on how to study and get better grades on your final exams — College instructors spill the beans

Finals advice

Your professors will appreciate your hard work!

Around this time of year, students may begin to feel a bit of panic as they realize that final exams are rapidly approaching. Not to worry! I’ve been a college instructor for going on 16 years now and I’m going to spill the beans on how students can get better grades on their final exams. Here’s my list of insider tips on how to study and prepare for that all-important final.

Tip #1 — Think like a professor

How can you prepare for your finals? Think like your professor. What would he or she put on the final? Read more

Research paper citations — From tricky to unique

Research paper citationsYou’ve been assigned a research paper. Time to brush up on how to use citations! Proper use of citations not only shows that you actually did some research (key to a “research” paper), but they also help you avoid any issues of plagiarism. Certain citations are fairly straightforward (i.e. those for books). But what about more tricky or unique types, such as interviews, blog comments or text messages? Believe it or not, there are even citation rules for these. So read on to find out how to include even the most unique research paper citations. Read more

How to stay organized as you prepare for finals week

Finals weekYou’ve worked tirelessly all semester and now you’re mere weeks or even days away from a relaxing summer break. The only thing standing in your way now? Finals! Here are some valuable tips to help you stay healthy and organized while preparing for final exams. For even more advice on how to make it through finals week, check out our post, “Finals week also means turning in final research papers.”

  • Plan ahead – Procrastination may be your middle name, but don’t wait until a week (or day, yikes) before the final to begin your preparation! Read more

How to study for finals week: Finishing strong at the end of the school year

Study tips: Final examAfter a much-needed spring break, you may be dreading the remaining weeks of classes that you’ve come to know as the most stressful times of your college career. During these last challenging months of the semester, don’t let disorganization and that overwhelming feeling from crunch time get the best of you. This is your last chance to squeeze out as much as you can to improve your G.P.A. before the end of the school year. Finish strong with these tips on how to study for finals. Read more

Finals week also means turning in final research papers

You may have been researching and brainstorming for weeks, but sometimes polishing your paper up with the final details can be exhausting and it’s tempting to rush through them for the sake of getting the paper done. Try these hints for tying your final research paper up neatly.

Persevere

As this is your final research paper of the semester and likely your final grade, it’s important not to give up on it until you’re truly proud of your work. Finals week is generally the most strenuous time in your college career, and the weeks leading up to it may have you stressed out already. Read more