It’s getting to be the end of the semester, meaning lots of tests and final projects! Although the end of the semester is pretty stressful, it doesn’t have to be! Learn to juggle your time and workload with my tips so you can ace the end of the year and move onto break!
Figure Out Your Remaining Assignments
I know that sometimes I’m overwhelmed so much by my other classes I forget about all the work I have to do. Start looking at your classes syllabi, planner, or speak to your professor to see what remaining work you have left to complete. I looked at my syllabus again for one of my classes and realized we had an annotated bibliography due the day of the final that we hadn’t even talked about yet! If I hadn’t have checked I could have missed out on a big chunk of points. Don’t be afraid to ask your professor about the schedule for the next few weeks so you know how to prepare for each class, and so you know what work you have left to turn in.
Want to know how to take advantage of your syllabus? Read my post How To Effectively Use Your College Syllabus.
Make A Work Schedule
Once you figure out what assignments you have left, start making a schedule so you can plan your time wisely. First, I write down all the assignments I have to do, and place stars next to them to represent importance.
Finish Media Final Project ****
Study For Political Science Final ****
Study For History Final ***
Make Corrections To Short Stories *
Write Annotated Bibliography **
Make PowerPoint Presentation For Creative Writing *****
Since my PowerPoint presentation for my Creative Writing class is due this coming Friday, that is the most important thing on my to-do list. As you finish assignments start crossing them off, or if the due dates start creeping up, change the order around of what you need to do!
Go To The Rest Of Your Classes
As pointless as it seems to go to class near the end of the semester, go to class. If you’re not doing well, you could get a lot of useful information from the class session and extra information from your professors. Some of my professors even offer extra credit during these classes just to bump peoples’ grades with a few extra points. There’s not much you can lose from going to class, so why not give it a go!
Pull out the books and start planning for all of those upcoming tests as soon as you can. The earlier you start studying; the more time you have to retain the information. Even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, slowly you’ll start remembering all the material and be better prepared! Wouldn’t you rather study for a few minutes a day rather than pull an all-nighter? At least, I would!
Talk To Your Professors
Just to make sure you aren’t missing anything important, catch up with your professors and see if they have any recommendations for how to prepare for the last test or project. I’m sure they have some tips for ways to improve your final grade for the year!
Want to communicate more with your professors? Read my post Taking Advantage of Your Professor’s Office Hours
Some great questions to ask are:
Do you have any recommendations on how I should prepare for the final?
I’m not really understanding this topic; is there any way you can help me understand?
What does the schedule look like for the rest of the semester?
What readings should I look over to help me better understand the subjects?
Get Enough Sleep
Finals week is the most stressful week of the whole school year. Although you may be wanting to lock yourself in the library and study the entire week, make sure you’re getting enough sleep! You can’t take a final with your eyes closed! As long as you’re studying effectively and getting work done, reward yourself with a good night’s rest.
Eat Three Meals
I have a bad habit where when I’m preoccupied, I tend to forget to eat. I’m not exactly someone who feels hunger pains so I don’t realize that I haven’t eaten until I start to feel drained and exhausted. No matter how busy you are, always make time to eat! My mom always compared eating to putting gas in a car. A car won’t go if it isn’t fueled, and the same will happen to your body. Whether it’s a few snacks in-between or a bowl of strawberries, make sure you’re paying attention to your diet.
Start Packing In Advance
If you’re going home for semester break, now would be the time to start packing up your things! Packing a few boxes of clothes and suitcases a couple days before you leave saves you the stress of trying to pack at the last minute. Packing during finals is the WORST, and getting it done sooner will make your week a bit more stress-free so you can focus on your tests!
Plan Some Fun Time
Finals week doesn’t mean you should spend every waking minute in the library. Don’t be afraid to unwind a night or two and just chill out! Hang out with your roommates or friends, make a craft, or put on a movie! You can only study for so long so why not use that extra time to refresh your mind so you can get back to the study grind the next day.
How do you prepare for the end of the semester? Leave a comment below!