Final exams can have a major impact on students’ overall grades!
It’s not uncommon for a final exam to be worth 30 or 40% of the overall grade for a course. Often, this one test has as much of an impact on students’ grades as ALL of the homework assignments they have completed throughout the entire semester…combined!
Unfortunately, most students have never learned how to study effectively for exams. And the methods they think are effective are actually not as useful as they believe. Studies suggest that most college undergraduates have a poor understanding of which study tactics are most effective, and routinely prepare for tests using inefficient learning strategies (Karpicke & Blunt 2011; McCabe 2011)