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Like the end of a race, students, like athletes, experience a "sense of pending mental euphoria."  It is because of this, students simultaneously feel stress and anxiety and become more tempted to procrastinate. I have 4 tips to help you through this "final stretch." I know you can and will do well!    1. When you feel anxiety approaching or procrastination settling, take a deep breath or breaths. Remember that it is almost over! There are just some strategic steps to get there.    2. Create a study plan that fits your needs (or child's needs). Plan should include pacing for review. For instance, how many days and how much time during each day is needed to prepare? What topics will be reviewed on each day during these times? Do you need to plan to get help from my tutor or teacher during this time? Plan to begin studying at least a week before the exam.   Ultimately, creating a plan with incremental goals creates... read more

1. Make a study plan – The default mode for studying for exams? Wait until one or two days before the test and study – hard! But with several months of material to review, your brain needs more time to re-assimilate the information, and you probably won’t have enough time to review it all in 2 nights anyway. So start studying a minimum of one week before the first exam, and write out a detailed schedule - which subjects you will study and for how long (giving more time to the earliest exams) and when you will study. Be specific and concrete – write out your plan, and assign (realistic) times for each day you will study. Write where you will study and what you should have with you. 2. Hit every subject, every day - Certainly you should give more weight to the first exams, but spend some time each day with every subject you will have an exam for, even if it’s just 15 minutes for those subjects with later exams. 3. Overlap your reviews - When you sit down to review... read more

So, I just surpassed the first five hour mark.  Rather easily, I might add.  I was working with a student, getting ready for finals in College Algebra.  He took his final on Friday, so fingers crossed he does well.   Looking forward to more tutoring opportunities through Wyzant.   Don't be afraid to personally message me through Wyzant for tutoring.  It is my job, after all. Hoping to hear from you!  =)

Now that finals have passed for most of the college students on the semester schedule, I'd like to reflect on the panic that arises when students in required introductory physical science classes come to the end of a course and realize that they haven't retained anything! What is the correct approach to triaging such situations? Of course, the best way to engage with material is by answering questions that are similar to those that will be on the examination, and most professors will be kind enough to tell you what the format and types of questions will be. Generally, there are two types of questions you will find: qualitative and quantitative. I'll deal with the best way to study for each type of question in turn.   Qualitative Questions The tendency here is to think that cramming and memorizing facts is the best way to go to answer such multiple choice, free response, or essay questions on qualitative subjects. However, this is not often the case. There... read more

Final exams are coming up and you are freaking out!   There are steps that you can take in order to help you prepare for the upcoming exam. Don't panic.   Do not wait until the night before to start studying.  Start going over the material weeks before the final.   Previous exams - use the midterm and any other exams to help you study material from earlier in the semester.  Problems that you saw on these exams may also show up on the final.   Practice finals - many professors sometimes hand out practice problems or practice finals in order to help you study.  Go over these problems and make sure you know how to solve every problem. Take a break from your study routine occasionally.  Your brain will thank you!

The weather is getting warmer. Trees are turning green. Birds are singing. Airborne pollen is abundant. Spring is here! As the weather becomes more reminiscent of summer with each passing day, it becomes increasingly difficult for students of all ages to pay attention to their studies. Elementary school students want to play outside and engage in sports activities. Middle school and high school students know that they are only weeks away from friends and late nights. High school seniors are closing in on their last months as high school students and Senioritis is beginning to take root. College students long to be outside after months of locking themselves indoors to study or work. In other words, this is a difficult time of year to be student. Add to that the complication of having this be the most important part of the year, academically speaking, and it's a recipe for disaster. This is the time of year that I call "down to the wire;"... read more

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