Monday, November 16, 2015

Three Weeks to Finals

Believe it or not the semester is quickly coming to an end.  It seems like just last week I was writing posts about the beginning of the school year, decorating my apartment, and navigating my first week of classes.  Next week is Thanksgiving Break and then there's only a couple more weeks left of classes and exams.  While this means we are all closer to winter break, it also means we are that much closer to the dreaded finals week.  This weekend I spent some time mapping out how I will spend the upcoming weeks preparing so that the last week of the semester isn't too awful.

Three Weeks Out:
While you may feel like you're still drowning with regular assignments, it's time to begin the preparations. In three weeks you will be embarking on Finals Week. So where to begin? Start by getting out your syllabus for all of your classes.  On a sheet of paper, write down each of your courses.  Under each course, list out all of the assignments, readings, and exams for the rest of the semester.  Next to each of these assignments place the date that they are due.  This will help you keep track. Look at your calendar and begin to figure out when you have time to get each assignment done.  I like to set tentative deadlines for myself.

Two weeks Out:
Look over your list of assignments you made during the week before.  Cross off any items you have already completed.  Check to see if you are on track to meet the deadlines you set for yourself.  Begin to make study guides for any final exams you have.  Make sure to go to the gym and eat well this week. It's important to take care of your body and mental health now so that you are entering finals week mentally and physically strong. 

One Week Out:
Make flash cards and begin studying hard for each exam you have.  Attend any review sessions that are offered.  Finish your final draft of any term papers and ask a friend of teacher to help you revise it.  It is crucial that you make the most of your "free time" this week.  If you don't, then you will be paying for it during finals week. 

Finals Week:
Put the finishing touches on your term papers and do any last minute studying. Sometimes it is helpful to meet with friends who are taking the same exam to study together.  Get some sleep, eat well, and allow for some down time. 

Good luck! You're almost done with the semester.  


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