Quiz: When should you start studying for finals?

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One of the biggest questions students face during RRR Week is, “When should I start to study?” We at the Clog know that your time is valuable and better spent on other things than solving this dilemma, so we put together a quiz to tell you when you need to crack open the book and start reviewing. Remember, lying to yourself about how much attention you paid in class will only hurt you now.

  1. How often do you attend lecture?
    1. I can’t even remember where my class is.
    2. Every couple weeks or so …
    3. Most of the time.
    4. I’ve never missed lecture!
  2. How good are your notes from lecture, when you go?
    1. What notes?
    2. I vaguely understand them, but I spent more time online shopping than taking notes.
    3. They’re not as great as they could be, but they’re pretty good.
    4. They’re very thorough and extremely helpful!
  3. How often do you do the homework or assigned reading for the class?
    1. I still haven’t unwrapped my textbook.
    2. I do it half the time.
    3. I did some and crammed before every midterm.
    4. I stuck to the homework schedule in the syllabus.
  4. What was your average score on your midterms?
    1. I don’t want to talk about it.
    2. C
    3. B
    4. A
  5. Are you taking the class P/NP?
    1. Yes, thank god.
    2. No.
  6. Do you need the class for your major?
    1. Nope.
    2. Yes.
  7. How interested are you in the class and the subject?
    1. It’s my least favorite class. I learn more useful information in my sleep.
    2. It’s okay, but it’s not really my thing.
    3. It’s pretty interesting.
    4. I love it! I’m actually really sad it’s ending.
    1. The day before the test: Let’s be real. You’re scraping by in the class, you’re taking it P/NP and you couldn’t care less about it. Just cram right before the test and make sure you can get your 70 percent and you’ll be fine.
    2. Two months ago: You actually need to study for this class, but somehow, you’ve managed to avoid it for the whole term. Now is the time to suck it up and hit the books. Maybe if you study all through RRR Week, you can pull this off.
    3. Monday or Tuesday of RRR Week: You’re doing pretty well, you’re fairly caught up, but you still have stuff to learn. You should spread your studying out throughout RRR Week so you have time to figure out what you don’t know or need help on.
    4. Do you even need to study? You’ve aced literally everything this class has thrown at you, you’ve done most (if not all) of the homework and you attended lecture all the time. You could probably review your impeccable lecture notes or skim the readings again over the weekend, but you’re definitely ready for this.

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