During college, I was always pretty casual about finals week. I imagined that I always had time to prepare, but that was not always the case. Even though it is not quite finals time, you need to begin to prepare as early as you can. End of term is when your huge projects are due, the holidays are coming up, and all of those finals are creeping up. There are a ton of different things that you can do so that you are not only prepared, but you are confident as well. Let’s get started!
Know what you have going on
Seriously….get a planner, or at least a way to have something able to remind you about different things. Not only does this help you remember what is coming up, but it is a great way to be able to go back and see all that you have done. I have been a huge fan of planners my entire life. I have been using a Happy Planner for years. It allows me to customize, decorate, and organize different parts of my life.
You probably should read the chapters, and actually read them! I know that reading 80+ pages about real estate finance is not what you want to do after a long day at work/school, but that’s how you learn. I can listen to something a million times, but I am AWFUL at listening. If I read something, I am more likely to remember it. Just break it up over a few days, and that makes it so much easier.
Keep your attendance in mind. I am not saying don’t go to class, but I am also not saying that you cannot have a day off. It is very uncomfortable to only show up to classes when there are tests, plus, what happens if the dates get changed? Yeah, get scared. Makes friends! This goes back to the attendance thing in a weird way. You are more likely to go to class if you have someone to talk to. It also has been proven to actually improve grades. Plus, study groups are actually fun.
Your professors are your final exam resource!
Majority of my professors have given me study guides for regular exams within the semester. DO NOT GET RID OF THOSE. My mother is a teacher, and she will be the first to let you know that she does not hand out papers for her health. These are meant to focus you on the material at hand. Most teachers actually use some of their previous exam questions on the final too.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your professor. If you know you are going to miss a class, then email them. That shows you have respect for them, but sometimes life happens.I also love asking questions through emails. I get better answers, and usually some ticks and trips to help me out too!
It took me a long time to learn this, but don’t cram information. It is insanely easy to just study slowly. You are also way more likely to actually remember the content rather than just be thinking about how unprepared you are.
Learn how to manage your social life
Get used to saying no. If you have an exam, project, assignment then put that first. College is for making friends, making memories, but it is also for propelling your future. Your friends are going to understand that you cannot make it, and they will always be understanding. If they are not, then maybe you should consider some new friends!
If you have a something that you have been waiting on, then plan for that. Get your work done earlier in the week so that you can have some fun during the weekend. Learning to manage your work/life schedule at an early age is going to help you once you enter the “real world” after college.