The time has come to start preparing for finals week. Next week is Thanksgiving break already. The week following break is success week then it is time, time for finals! This time of year can be very stressful; especially this year since it seems like it all falls so close together.
There are several things to remember when preparing for the next couple of weeks. Students need to first remember to maintain their health. Don’t sacrifice sleep for study time. Even if you cram all night and skip sleep. Most likely what will happen is your test scores will suffer from lack of sleep rather than lack of studying. On the same token, don’t forget to eat properly. Food is key in brain function as well as sleep. A great tip is to eat a balanced breakfast the day of an exam. When you are full, your brain will be more focused on the material, and not on tacos…or chicken nuggets.
Plan a good space to study. Unlike in the past, the library will not be open 24/7 during this week. The new hours that have started this fall will continue during finals week, according to Mabee Library’s website. If you prefer to study there, take a look at the hours and schedule your study time around that.
On the topic of scheduling, make sure to pace yourself. During this time of year students have a lot going on. That last couple weeks of school have a lot of projects due, exams are getting closer and it's just a very overwhelming time of the semester. I have found that it is good to lay out your assignments on a calendar and stick to it. For all papers and lengthy assignments, it is best to spread them out doing a little bit at a time. For example, plan to complete two pages a week which will allow you to complete an eight page paper in four weeks without extensive sessions and cramming.
Don’t forget, take care of yourself, pace yourself and professors and advisors are here to help you. Contact them if you are overwhelmed and need help, they will help you.