Between coursework and hands-on training, our Medical Assistant program covers a lot of information. From textbook readings about medical terminology to comprehensive lectures covering anatomy and physiology, you are required to absorb a lot of information, which can make preparing for finals a tough challenge.
Here are a few tips on how to prepare for finals in our Medical Assistant program:
Read your syllabus:
On the first day of your class, you received a syllabus outlining everything that will be covered in the coursework. This overview should be a strong indicator of what will show up on the final exam and give you a solid foundation for what you should be studying.
Take and keep class notes: Take diligent notes during class and highlight important information, during class discussion, especially if it isn’t covered in any course reading materials. This can help you focus on relevant items when the long hours of pre-exam studying come.
Review material often: Before each class session, review the material from the previous class and make sure you have a firm grasp of the points covered. Complete this two-step process each day when preparing for finals and you’ll have a stronger sense of which topics you have mastered and those you need to work on.
Form a study group: Meeting with other medical assistant students and studying together as a group can help further your understanding of the material. It allows you to discuss difficult and abstract concepts that may not have made sense at first.
Trim the fat: As you get closer to the day of your final, condense your study notes down to the terms and concepts most likely to be on the test. Make the best use of your time by focusing on significant material.
Finals day: On the day of the final, arrive at the testing location early and allow yourself time to review your study guide and notes. Reinforce what you’ve been working on rather than trying to cram in new information at the last minute.
Bonus tip: When in doubt, ask your instructors! Even if they aren’t willing to reveal much about a test, they may be willing to offer a helpful suggestion or two, such as the test format, the time limit and the areas of the test that were the most difficult for former classes.
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