Finals Are Coming...

Monday, November 17, 2014

I've never seen Game of Thrones (is that what "winter is coming..." is from?), but that doesn't mean that I don't sense a storm before it hits. Finals week is three weeks away for me and let me tell you, the stress has already kicked in. I only have two proper final exams, but I have a long form story due for my Media Writing class and a final group project for my Foundations of Journalism and Promotional Communications course, as well as an online comprehensive exam for my Mass Media and Society course. To sum it up, I have a lot of my plate and only three weeks to prepare. Chances are, you're in the same boat, so let's nip our stress in the bud and prepare properly!



1. Mental preparation. 

That's right, it's the homestretch of the semester. You need to start strategizing and thinking of your game plan now. How much time are you going to dedicate to studying and preparing for finals? Are you going to wait until after the Thanksgiving holiday or do you need all of the time you can get?

In addition to strategizing, you need to remind yourself to remain calm. There is still time left in the semester for regular assignments. You've got time to boost your grades! Finals are important, especially if you don't get a lot of smaller assignments throughout the semester, but that doesn't mean stress yourself out about them three weeks before they happen. Just because you're not sweating thinking about your final doesn't mean that you don't care about it!

2. Physical preparation. 

This might be a weird one, but I like to get my workouts done before finals week starts because you will not find me in the fitness center during finals week. It just won't happen. So I like do my cardio and strengthening exercises in the weeks prior so I don't feel so guilty dedicating most of my time to studying or putting the finishing touches on my final projects.

3. Actual preparation. 

After you've thought about finals and worked off your stress through elliptical work, you actually have to start studying. Studying methods vary for each person. Some like group work, others prefer solitary confinement in the libraries. People might prefer power points over textbook readings. Figure out how you like to study and actual start prepping for it. If you know that you like using flashcards, start making them early so you're not spending your entire finals week writing them up. If you have them done beforehand, you have more last minute cram time to spend actually studying rather than trying to prepare your materials.

When do your finals start?

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