How to Prepare for Finals
Blogger: Jill Marucut
Last Friday was the last day that I could feel sorry for myself for the roller coaster of exams and papers. With two 20-page papers and two exams on the horizon, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed. Luckily, to calm myself down, I realized that finals don’t have to be as bad as I make them out to be. Here are some options on how to prepare for your finals in a manageable fashion:
Option 1: Wake up early, have a substantial and healthy breakfast, watch your favorite TV show for 30 minutes, and then work on finals for 6 hours--with 4 15-minute breaks in between.
• That schedule has always worked for me, and I don’t feel as bogged down.
Option 2: Head to a coffee shop and work on your own for 3 hours, have lunch with a friend afterwards, and then continue studying with a friend for 3 hours. Finally, retreat to your home, and continue studying as well.
• Knowing that you can look forward to meeting up with a study buddy after 3 hours lessens the dread that typically accompanies the preparation for finals.
Don’t these two options sound much better than cramming for finals only 24 hours prior to your first exam? I have to admit that I operate on a rewards/punishment basis, so following one of these options always helps me remain focused and motivated for finals.
BUT. Should you decide to follow the path often (or always) taken--the cramming option--I still applaud you and your determination.