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May 7, 2008

The "Final" Countdown

The fun is just getting started! ; ) The end of the semester and preparing for finals can be a stressful time of the year. Sometimes I find it really hard to stay motivated and I forget about the things I need to get done at the end of the semester. One thing that helps me to stay on track and keep things organized is writing down a list of goals, whether it's setting aside study time or review sessions, completing an assignment or an errand, etc. Unlike writing in my planner, I'll take a separate sheet of paper, write down a whole list of things to accomplish, and decorate it with quotes like “I can go the distance” or “Don’t hate, elevate.” Then I carry it with me or tape it on my wall. =P I know, maybe it sounds corny, but for me it helps to reinforce some motivation and a “can-do” attitude (well for one, everything doesn’t look so bad on paper). At least I can look at my list to re-focus myself of my priorities when school gets overwhelming. The end of the semester may not only be filled with finals, but it might also include job/internship/apartment hunting, graduation, final projects, summer planning, etc. Do whatever you need to do to handle your situation because in the end you want to do well on your finals and finish the semester on a good note.

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we know. We will know only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum

December 5, 2007

Prepping for the big days...

Yes, finals are right around the corner, and we can all feel the tension that's building up to those pesky exams. Most are worth significant portions of your final grade, so the anxiety definitely gets to some students.

But in all honesty, final exams aren't actually much worse than your midterms. Why? Because you have more time to prepare for them. After this upcoming Monday, you'll enter what are called "dead days," or days where there's virtually nothing going on in campus: no classes, no club event, no distractions. All you have at hand are the final exams to study for.

Now that doesn't mean one should put off all studying to those select days!! Many students actually have exams that are clustered (even on the same day). So ultimately, the key is to plan ahead and come up with a rough schedule of how you'll juggle your various courses. Which days are you going to study for o-chem? For nst 10? Start preparing for the exams now, if you haven't already, while keeping in mind that you may have large chunks of time during finals week for further studying.

And with that, I hope y'all have an excellent winter break, and we'll see you back in the spring!