A Simple Guide to Surviving Finals Week

A Simple Guide to Surviving Finals Week

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Finals week. Yes, I am typing this post already having many side effects of dreaded exams including baggy eyes and searching for an abundance of sleep, but seem to only find more pots of coffee. It’s undeniable that final exam week could feature the highest stress levels per square foot of Mount Union property than any other week of the academic year. By reading this guide however, I am sure you will be able to push through the dreaded last week of the semester being in higher spirits, at least a little. Give these hints a try, as they might help you.

Remain Organized
Find the exam schedule and determine which days and times your final exams will be held. It may be helpful to prepare a written schedule of the date of your tests along with when you plan on studying for them. With having many tests crammed together, your mind may slip of when certain things are due. It is important to prioritize your workload and study for comprehensive exams more. Also write down study sessions, final reviews and times you will meet with groups to go over material. All of these will help you better understand the class material. In addition, calculating your grade in class and determining a goal for the final will help you stay focused.

Stay Healthy
Final exam week may force you to lose many hours of sleep, but don’t let it be a habit! Sleep is crucial for your body to rejuvenate and rest allowing you to be more focused and observatory, which are essentials for taking a test. Another important thing is to not skip meals. Food is energy to the body and it feeds your mind to help ideas flow and stay concentrated. Also, remember to take study breaks by going for a run, working out or just getting up to dance for 10 minutes on a study break. Remember to stay hydrated too! A dehydrated body is weak and lethargic, something you don’t want just in time for finals.

Be Confident
This is the most crucial part of surviving finals. Having studied material for lengthy periods of time, it is easy to say you probably know the material better than you think you do. Keep things in perspective. This is just another test that you are prepared for, so put it in your mind that you will do well. Remember too that confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. As long as you do your best what else more could you ask for?

Good luck to everyone on final exams! Be great.

Search and destroy

Search and destroy

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One of the hardest parts of keeping on top of your schedule at college is actually knowing what you have to do. Most of us get the work done, but sometimes I find myself wanting to avoid having to see what I need to do for a project. What little motivation I have is further squandered when I have to go out of my way to check on assignments; whether they’re online or the teacher sends them out after class.

The best way I’ve found to keep track of, and actually do the work I’m assigned, is to get into a mindset of actively seeking out my tasks. Once I do that, I take 30 seconds and assess how long a given assignment is going to take me. Suddenly, things get a lot easier. Even though the difficulty of the task may not have changed, at least now I am aware of the time and energy it will take to complete, which allows me to schedule my day around my work more effectively.

Stay away from throwing the task into a long list of to do items. Rather, actually block off time in your day to attack the assignment. Have a half an hour between lunch and class? Start your Introduction to Psychology flashcards. Make an appointment with your tasks and keep to them.

Search for your work.
Assess how long it will take to complete.
Mark it into your schedule.
Do it.

How Does a Student Manage Time?

How Does a Student Manage Time?

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Time management is a very complicated thing when it comes to being a college student. Having free time and not have any parents around to make sure that you are doing your work allows you to make your own decisions. Friends ask you to go out and you have to find time to get all of your homework done. It all gets thrown into a giant mess of time and it’s a lot of stress.

Being a music major is very difficult because there are many parts to our day and lots of extra work that everyone has to put in. There is also the fact that most students have to take lessons and practicing for those takes an hour or more a day. I am taking 23 credit hours this semester as a freshman and have lots of work that I am always trying to get done to keep my grades up. I have worked very hard to make sure that I keep my grades up as well as manage my own time. Since I play bassoon I am in many ensembles and that takes up quite a bit of my time, even though it was originally difficult to figure out when I would get homework and social time in. But, I have worked at it and my grades are as good as they were in high school.

Other students have this problem too since every major is difficult and takes a very large amount of time. In the end, everyone figures it out. There are some rough patches and then students find out what works best for them. If you go to Mount Union and need help with time management I would suggest talking to your teachers and see what they did as a student. My advice to incoming Mount Union students would be to try and see if you can do work and homework without your parents. I know that managing two jobs and doing school work had really prepared me for college.