The semester is wrapping up and you’re running out of time on that scientific abstract for your Ecology class. It seems like you have already put every ounce of your energy into your courses and now they expect you to shift into first gear for those last tests. How can you possibly survive this test of perseverance?
Do not lose sight of the fact you have made it this far. Finals week for any major is a difficult obstacle, especially for science majors taking two or more math-intensive classes. If your grade depends on these last couple of finals, take a deep breath and accept the fact that you are going to have to study. It’s just the way you go about studying that will either make or break your GPA.
Do Your Homework Last
Alright, I’m not saying that you should go to that party and plan on doing your homework when you get home. That’s not it at all. Homework is a priority, but unlike your parents will tell you, I am advising that you leave your homework at the bottom of your list of things to do. The clearer your mind is, the better you will absorb the material. Instead of settling down and studying right away, take some time to clean your room or do your other chores first. This way, those chores won’t be hovering in your conscious while you are calculating derivatives for calculus.
Don’t Become a Hermit
I am guilty of this one and I can tell you from experience that it won’t improve your scores. Yes, finals week will require that you spend some time in the library but getting out and socializing is mentally stimulating too. If you prepare yourself for an entire week of no social contact, your body will key in on this change. I wouldn’t suggest that you go to any major parties during finals week, but instead, go on a short hike with a couple of friends. Keep your mind engaged in your life by staying healthy and, most importantly, sane.
Maintain a Nutritional Diet
While the diets of many college students suffer out of lack of money or care, it is extremely important to fuel your body with nourishing foods. You wouldn’t expect your car to run as well (if at all) on crude oil than on premium gas, right? Your body is your vehicle. Don’t poison it with toxic Twinkies and repulsive Ramen Noodles. Switch out your breakfast for dinners and vice versa to stay full longer and to promote healthy digestion. Take snacks with you to school – there’s nothing worse than being caught up in an exam with a growling stomach!