Final Exams are Coming!
By Ayumi Hirata, Langara College, featured writer for the Study in BC blog. Read more from Ayumi here.
Final exams are coming next month! As you know, final exams are really important. This is not only because a final exam is the last exam of the semester and the score accounts for a large portion of the final grade, but also because when students miss their final exams, they will fail the course even if they did well in other parts of the course.
As a result, they have to take the course again if they need the credits for the course. In order to complete final exams successfully and enjoy a vacation, there are several things in regards to final exams that students must pay attention to.
Study in Advance
To begin with, it is often taken for granted but it is so important to study for final exams well in advance. In my first semester when I took only three courses, I had each final exam on a different date. So, it was easy for me to prepare for final exams. However, I had two of four final exams on the same date last semester.
It is okay unless the exams are cumulative. Unfortunately, both final exams were cumulative and I had other exams in a row. As a result, I didn’t have enough time to study. If I revised regularly before final exam season, I could avoid this situation. Thus, students need to study for final exams on a daily basis in order to succeed in the final exam even if final exams are cumulative.
Location, Location, Location
Next, students need to find the best place to study for them before final exams start. During final exam season, students don’t have to go to school every day. All students have to do is go to school and take final exams on the date of final exam. So, if it is difficult to concentrate on studying in your own house when you don’t have final exams, students need to move to places that encourage them to study.
In my case, there are so many great places to study at on campus. Especially at a library, there are many kinds of places to study: silent study rooms, computer rooms, and group study rooms. However, these places are so crowded during final exam season that it is difficult to find seats. The library opens early in the morning and closes later than usual during final exam season.
Check the exam date!
Lastly, it is essential to know the final exam date correctly. One of my friends misunderstood the date and missed the final exam in her first semester. As a result, she had to take the course again so as to receive credits for the course!
I hope I can do well on final exams and receive a better GPA this semester.