By Jordan George, Master Tutor
With only five weeks left in the semester, you would think that things are starting to wind down. However, for most students, the exact opposite is true. Projects are being piled on, major exams are rapidly approaching, and stress levels are sky-rocketing. The last five weeks are undoubtedly the most difficult weeks in the semester, which is why I have composed a list of tips for everyone to finish the semester strong.
- Prioritize: If it seems like you have a million tasks to do, it is important that you take a step back and prioritize what needs to get done. Semester projects, papers and test— which are often worth a much larger percent of the overall grade—need to come first. Make a list of everything you need to get done and set up a time to work on each of these individually. And remember, more time needs to be allowed for assignments that will have a larger impact on your grade.
- Have a plan: This is a very general recommendation, and it will mean something different for everybody. Planning may include deciding on who with, what, when, where, and even how you are going to study for finals. It may incorporate designating a specific time to meet with your professor to discuss grades and study techniques. However, planning may also be thinking about what classes you are going to take next semester or post-graduation plans. Even though all of this may be overwhelming to think about, taking the necessary time to plan will help you feel more organized and on top of your game.
- Take care of yourself: Amongst all of this planning and prioritizing, it is equally important that you take care of yourself. Actually plan in time to sleep, eat, and work out if you choose! You will not have mental or physical energy to push through the rest of the semester if you do not eat well, get enough sleep, or exercise. The worst possible scenario if you do not take care of yourself is that your end up sick, in which case you can kiss those A’s on your final exams goodbye.
- De-stress: I am as guilty as anyone for not recognizing the importance in this, but taking the time to do something you truly enjoy will actually make you more productive in the end. When doing something that you enjoy, neurotransmitters are released in your brain that make you feel happy, and those feelings will carry over to study time and make you more productive when it is time to go back to work.
- Celebrate your successes: Did you pass that dreaded chemistry class? Did you make an A on your math final? Did you secure a summer internship? Whatever your success, make sure you celebrate it! Realize that you have made it through another semester, and that is something to be proud of!
I hope these tips make the rest of the semester feel a little bit less daunting! Be diligent and work hard; the finish line is closer than you realize!