Now that everyone has had a chance to give thanks for what they have, it is time for those dreaded end-of-semester projects, tests, and papers. This next week marks the end of the semester, and one of the busiest weeks of it as well. Plus, with Thanksgiving break providing a much needed break that feels like it should have just began Winter break, it is normal to feel the struggle of getting back into the routine of school, while adding all of those project, tests, and papers.
Here are some tips to help you power through the remaining days of the semester:
1. Make a to-do list and put it were you can see it. This seems like an easy thing to come up with. Every weekend, I make a to-do list in my organizer ranking things by what is due first, what is worth the most, and what classes do I need the credit in most. This is all fine and dandy and it works for most of the semester, however, when your workload seems to be never-endings, a to-do list in your organizer does next to nothing. Unless you have your organizer staring at you 24/7, your to-do list is tucked away, never to be seen. Instead, make that same to-do list and post it right by your desk. You will see it this way, instead of it hiding. Also, make sure you forget nothing! Check your syllabus, your organizer, etc. to make sure you aren’t leaving something out.
2. Eat healthy. The saying goes, “You are what you eat.” For the most part, this is true. Everything you put into your body has some affect on you. Some of the best foods to eat while studying or working are fruits and vegetables, which help promote healthy brain activity, coffee (but not too much), which helps boost mental alertness, whole grains, which help the blood get to your brain, and dark chocolate, which helps improve focus.
3. Start doing work. The bottom line is the work has to get done. Open that laptop, put on some soft music, and get to work. Once you start working, and I mean truly working, you will be amazed how much gets done in a short amount of time. A little break between assignments or after an hour has passed is fine, and recommended, but don’t forget to go back to what you were doing.
4. Take advantage of study guides, outlines, etc. These resources help you know what will be on the test or what your paper will look like. Whether one is provided for you (and if you ask ahead of time, most professors will give you at least an idea for one), or you have to make your own, these guidelines will help you in the long run.
This is just the beginning of the tips I could give you, but the most important thing to remember when studying for finals is do what works for you. If you don’t know what that is yet, experiment. Make flashcards of terms, recordings of important information, drawings of diagrams, etc. Find what works for you. If you need help, the Center for Academic Support is a great on-campus resource to check out.
Best of luck with finals! -Erynn