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Surviving Final Exams

Everyone feels concern, even panic, when the date of an important exam is near. International students who have been at Binghamton University for more than one year offer the following suggestions to help you prepare.

These suggestions will help you be successful.

  1. Preparation - Remember Panic Is not a Tool
  2. Who Can Help You Prepare
  3. Take Care of Yourself
  4. Believe in Yourself

1. Preparation:

    o   Check Your Syllabus - What are the themes or major ideas of your course

            o   Organize facts, dates, theory and connect each to a theme or major idea

            o   Review class notes, textbooks, papers you wrote

            o   Check in with other classmates and professor or Teaching Assistant – Have you got the right themes identified?

            o   See if you can study with the students who are already successful in this class

                  o  At least ask them questions

2. Who Can Help You Prepare: If you have concerns or questions about your course work, identify your resources for help. Sources of help are:

 q  You are a resource for your self!

q  Your professors and Teaching Assistants!

q  Use the Discovery Center

q  Work with a Tutor

q  Do you need to give a presentation in class?

XCEL Center Presentation Practice Lab

3. Take care of yourself!

q  Schedule Study Breaks

q  Exercise

q  Spend time with Friends

q  Spend time with People who expect you to be successful

q  Try to Relax

q  Eat a meal with friends

q  Recognize your progress in preparing for your exam

4. Believe in Yourself – Stay Positive!


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Last Updated: 10/1/12