A Giant Boatload of Final Exam Tips (Ep. 104)

The College Info Geek PodcastFinals are coming up in a few weeks!

Ever since I started making videos back in August 2014, I’ve tried to put a much heavier focus on academic topics than I did in the past.

As a result, there are now a ton of videos, podcast episodes, and articles on College Info Geek that deal with exams and all the stuff that surrounds them.

My idea with this episode was to try to create what amounts to a giant overview of all those tips. Martin and I went into the recording session with the goal of covering pretty much everything in broad strokes, while also going into more detail on a few specific topics.

I think we did a pretty decent job, and we also ended up getting into a few topics that I haven’t yet covered in my videos – one of them being how to create good flash cards. 

Here’s an overall roadmap for the episode:

  • A debate on the value of tests in general
  • Catching up on homework when finals are drawing near
  • Creating an useful study schedule (using a project management approach)
  • Effective study and review methods
  • Dealing with test anxiety
  • Tips for improving the way you take exams (tricks for remembering things, pre-test rituals, etc)

Here’s an overview of all the exam-related videos I’ve made (and a couple standalone articles too):

If you’d like, you can also binge-watch them all with this playlist:

Things mentioned in this episode:

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A Giant Boatload of Final Exam Tips

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  1. Amazing content! Also super easy to navigate the article and you made it super easy to find your other videos. I’m a regular here and i gotta say, keep doing what you do! Reliably excellent every week. You’re making a real difference for a lot of students 🙂 Thank you so much!

  2. I highly disagree with some opening statements you guys make. Maybe you have to be more specific about types of classes and their difficulty, when discussing the best ways to test your knowledge. For example, in higher level math and science courses, pop quizzes will be pointless. The material is very difficult as it is, so there are going to be a good number of students who will not perform well because of these quizzes. However when there is an exam coming up, they will take the time to study it more and actually give an effort to learning it.

    P.S. How ironic that your friend gave an example of a class you can cram for is “calculus” because you won’t use it again. as if there wasn’t enough of a blatant sign that he did not major in a STEM degree. I’d like to mention that not only is it highly useful, but the connections and problem solving skills that your brain learns from doing math is something that will stick with you forever. So just keep that in mind whenever want to say “When am I ever going to use this?” When reffering to what you are learning in math.

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