Take a deep breath everyone… Smell that? That’s right! It’s the smell of fear and desperation as finals week looms in our near future.
This is my first time experiencing the joy that is college finals so I thought I’d share some of the things that I’m doing to get ready for them. I will admit though, that I have it pretty easy this semester and I’m really thankful for that. I only have two tests that I have to prepare for and only one of those tests is actually during our scheduled finals time. I do have a bunch of projects and papers and final assignments on the other hand so my advice is going to be geared more towards those.
So, without further ado, here’s how I’m surviving finals.
1 My finals are split up with one on a Friday and then the rest on Monday and Tuesday the next week. If any of the rest of you have a similar schedule I really recommend using the weekend. Spend that extra time you have to prepare for other tests or projects and save the parties or Netflix for Tuesday night.
2 Set a timer for 30 minutes and spend it working without any distractions. Then when those 30 minutes are finished, spend 5 minutes doing something else (like cleaning, going to the bathroom, packing, reading a nonacademic book, or watching some tv, Netflix, or YouTube). I started using this method right before Thanksgiving break when I had a lot of stuff that I needed to get done and I found that it does wonder for your concentration and work.
3 If your professors give things out ahead of time, get them done! I can’t even say this enough. A lot of my professors gave out assignments and projects and tests out way ahead of time and even though they aren’t due for few weeks I’m already setting aside some time to work on them so that I won’t have to scramble and stress about them once it comes time to turn them in.
4 If you have extra time between classes, spend it studying. I know it’s so tempting to pick up your phone and spend that time in between your classes playing a game, or checking Instagram, but really, pick up your notes and study. I’ve been doing this for the past week and I really think it’s going to help me out.
5 Make a study guide! I know that opening up my notebooks or textbook and trying to study all that information can be extremely overwhelming so I decided to make study guides for some of my tests. Yesterday I made a study guide for my communications final and ended up summing up an entire textbook and all of my notes into 10 pages. I used the tests that my professor had given us over the course of the semester and used that to find the information that would most likely be on the final and expanded that into what I already had in my notes and what was in the textbook. It’s still a lot of information but it’s a lot less overwhelming than it had originally been.
6 Sleep. I know that a lot of you might be staying up really late to try and get everything that you need to get done done but try and get at least 7 hours of sleep a night if you can. Sleep is so important for you and trust me, your brain, grades, and immune system will all thank you for the sleep.
7 Lastly, make a countdown. Right now I only have 13 days left of my semester and I’m so excited. Knowing that the end of my first semester is getting closer is motivating me to finish my classes strong and power through to the end of finals.
I just want to end this post by wishing all of you fellow students good luck with your finals. I believe in you guys!
Have a great day everyone