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Finals are never fun, especially if you have no idea what you’re doing. Public Communication at Ithaca College can often get tricky when it comes to getting all of the material completely under your belt, so focus on these tips while you are prepping for the final and watch yourself pass with ease.

1. Don’t skip the last class.

The last class is extremely important because that will most likely be a review day, aka the “potential to earn extra credit points” day. More points are always a good idea no matter how well you think you know the material, so make sure to attend that last class and possibly get an extra 5+ points on the final.


2. Ask for clarification.

This can apply to any final, but if you do not understand something ask the professor. Although Public Communication is about learning to be a better public speaker, you also learn a plethora of definitions concerning each technique you will use in your speech. As a result, at times where you are getting a lot of definitions thrown in your face, you are bound to misunderstand something in there. Better to ask than not know at all, right?


3. Make flash cards.

That being said, with all of these definitions comes a lot of memorizing and studying, so make sure you actually do the study guide. The best way to memorize the definitions (often random and hard to remember) is to put them on flash cards a week before and go over them every single day until the final arrives.

4. Get any missed notes.

In order to put all of the definitions on those notecards, you are going to need to make sure you have all of them written somewhere in your notes. If you don’t, ask someone in class who would send you whatever you missed because you are not going to find these definitions online. It is possible to look through readings and handouts to potentially find them, but that often becomes too time consuming. Asking a friend is just easier and saves you a ton of study time.


5. Study with friends.

Again, with any final, studying is never fun. Try getting together with friends and quiz each other on the flash cards you made. Even if you get off topic here and there, at least you are putting in effort to study well before the final. Setting up times to study with friends is actually highly beneficial.


6. Re-watch speeches.

Throughout Public Communication, you have to watch numerous speeches and analyze each speakers’ communication abilities. In order to actually remember what you watched months ago, your best bet is to just re-watch each speech and write down how successful they were with body language, eye contact, conveying their message, etc.


By taking into consideration all of these tips, not only will you be more likely to do well, but you will also be less stressed knowing you prepared well. If you do not wait until the last minute to try and memorize these definitions and re-analyze the speeches, then you will be one step close to acing the Public Communication final.


Natalia Senanayake

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