Final Exams Preparation

General recommendations

  1. Preparation for a final really begins the first day of class.
  2. Distributed practice is superior to mass practice (i.e.,cramming). So, review throughout the semester--not just the night before.
  3. Finals preparation must actively involve the learner with the concepts. "Active involvement" can be accomplished by the formulation of questions, and the answering of these questions from memory. Additionally, verbal recitation or writing from memory aids in long-term retention.

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