Thoughts from Tutors

The Last Push: Staying on Top of Your Game for Thanksgiving Break!

Ivette Noriega
Master Tutor

Thanksgiving is around the corner and while many students and tutors are excited to have a break, it is important to keep the ball rolling during those few days out of school. Here are a useful tips to prepare for finals during the break:



  1. Write a to-do list of all the things you want to accomplish during the break, what you absolutely need to do, and what you have to bring. This will make the packing process easier before you leave Lubbock!giphy
  1. Packing is very important before leaving. Make sure you bring only the materials you plan to actually work on. Print out any assignments online ahead of time, and make sure you have all the worksheets necessary to do your assignments at home. Avoid bringing extra books or notebooks you will not be using. It’s better to carry light, and focus on the workload you will be able to work on.


  1. Some classes will require written papers instead of finals. Use some down time to get ahead. For example, working on an outline and brainstorming may be very useful when you’re not busy with family and friends. If you are driving home with someone else on the wheel, you can use the time in the car to look up quotes or passages to improve your paper. This is always a good idea because you will be able to feel like you have been working on your paper during Thanksgiving break!


  1. Make sure you’re keeping up with your readings! There will be three days left of class before finals start so there may be some last minute pop quizzes or extra credit assignments during this time. Reading your syllabus will let you know if your instructor is planning on a last minute paper or quiz. If you distribute your readings, finals week should be a breeze.200_s
  1. Take a break and relax! You might be feeling a little burnt out and you might have to work on more assignments, but do take the time to have fun with your family and friends. It is Thanksgiving Break after all!


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