The Final Exam

The final exam in your mathematics course is an important milestone on your journey through the mathematics curriculum.

The final exam is a good opportunity for you to synthesize the topics, processes, techniques and vocabulary you learned in the course. You can get an overview of what you have done and see the relationships among the different topics and see how these are related to your previous math courses. You can also anticipate what may arise in your next math course.

Therefore, studying for the final exam is a great academic pursuit, a great learning opportunity, and a great chance to move your mind to a new level of understanding.

Tips for studying for your math final 

  • If you develop good study habits throughout the semester, then studying for a final exam is mostly a matter of review. 
    • Review your previous tests.
    • Review your class notes.
    • Review your homework exercises.
    • Review the summary sheets that you have made.
    • Review the highlights in the textbook. 
  • Begin studying for your math final exam at least two weeks before the exam. 
    • Get all your tests, notes, homework, etc. in order.
    • Schedule times each day to review the course material.
    • Free your schedule from other responsibilities as much as this is possible.
    • Do not cram! If you wait until the last minute to study for a final exam, your studying will not be effective in addressing an entire semester's worth of mathematics. 
  • Identify subject matter that you know well and topics that need more practice. 
    • Rework incorrect problems on previous exams.
    • Do addition practice problems in areas in which you are weak.
    • See a tutor in the MLC if you need clarification or assistance with a problem. 
  • Take care of your physical health: You want to be in good health when you take your final exam. 
    • Get a proper amount of sleep: staying up too late to study may just wear you down.
    • Get proper physical exercise.
    • Eat properly 
      • Eat a balanced diet.
      • Avoid over-eating: you don't want to feel sluggish while study for or taking your final.
      • Avoid under-eating: you need energy to study and think clearly.
      • Avoid excessive amounts of sugar and other junk foods.
      • Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine, alcohol or other drugs that will impair your capacity to think clearly. 
  • Take care of your mental health: Final exam time can be stressful, if you don't take care. 
    • Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause stress.
    • Get enough exercise: physcial exercise can relieve and prevent mental stress.
    • Use relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, visualization, music.
    • Take relaxing study breaks.
    • Incorporate some recreational activities into your schedule; have some fun!
    • If you find yourself getting stressed-out, talk to a friend or a counselor at Mission College Health Services
  • Check out these web sites for more ideas to help you prepare for your final exam: 

When your final exams are all finished, go out and celebrate!