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It’s the coffee at 9 p.m. at night to stay awake, the feeling of your eyes bleeding yellow highlighter, reading the same textbook pages over and over again and questioning, “Why is this so hard?”
Finals week is something that every student is familiar with. Some students wait until the last minute to study, some study a week prior knowing they need to prepare, but they all have something in common – the fear of not doing good enough.
If this is you and you are struggling right now in your semester, trust me, you’re not alone. College is one of those, “you get what you give” scenarios. I hate to be the burden of bad news, but if you don’t go to class, don’t pay attention or if you never crack open a book - this could be the reason why final exams are harder than they need to be.
However, a lot of students that I’ve come across don’t have enough faith in themselves. You ARE good enough. I think college students don’t give themselves enough credit, nor do they receive a lot of the credit they deserve. I personally believe that college students are among some of the most brilliant people I have met (not just because I’m one of them hehe) so have faith in yourself! I promise, it will all work out. God put you there; He’s got a plan.
For those of you reading this with finals approaching… Here are some of my best studying tips:
1. DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!!
This is it, y’all… My only tip… Haha, just kidding. Seriously though, if you wait until the last minute you will be so unnecessarily stressed out. I used to wait until the week of my exams to study and I learned the hard way that is a no-go. Always check your syllabuses and make sure you know exactly when those exams are. Then, grab your planner, write the dates down and study at least week prior to those exams.
2. Study in intervals.
This is one thing I had to train myself to do. I used to sit down at my desk and stare mindlessly at the same American Government textbook for eight hours and not receive the grade I thought I deserved. I started a new approach this semester and it seems to be working great! Now, I study for 3 hours or so at a time, I take a small breather (maybe do some yoga or take a walk around campus) then come back to the table and get to work.
3. Go. To. Sleep.
I know this sounds ridiculous, right? No, it’s not. I don’t understand how some college students go out on a Tuesday night (or maybe I’m just a grandma) and can function the rest of the week! I have a routine where I am in bed by 10 p.m. every night and up at 7 a.m in the morning. Get a routine going – you’ll find that you have more hours in the day. Plus it’s WAY easier to take an exam well rested rather than just having pulled an all nighter…. just sayin’.
Get your brain going! Exercise is the best thing you can do for yourself.
5. Don’t stress too much.
I will be the first to admit that I am one of those anxious college students. I used to get myself so worked up over exams and wonder why my test grades didn’t reflect my study habits. This semester, I’ve found that if I prepare myself and don’t worry too much, I normally get by with the grade I wanted. If you feel like you've studied hard and didn’t get the grade you deserved, talk with your professor, find out where you are going wrong. My experience has been that they want to help you, especially if you show initiative!
“You are in training to love people better, to listen to people better, to heal people better. So do not let finals just fly by and realize this: your degree is just the door. Your work ethic is the key. But it is only by the grace and the strength of God that you will walk through that door and help whomever it may be that is on the other side.”
If you are reading this and you are a college student taking finals, take a deep breath, you’ll do great. Work hard, stay humble and radiate happiness. It will pay off in the end. Remember, God has a plan for you.
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