We’ve passed the halfway point in the Spring semester. With that said, summer is right around the corner. The weather is finally improving. Needless to say, it can become easy to slack off and forget about school for the last couple of weeks.
In the past, it was probably easy to get away with slacking off near the end of the semester. In college, though, it’s the exact opposite.
Closing out the semester on a high note is just as important as starting off the school year strong. Final exams will make up a large portion of your grade and slacking off could end up ruining your GPA.
Here’s a few tips on how to finish the semester positively, specifically during final exam time:
Come prepared, review your notes
Instead of cramming during the last week of the semester, save yourself the time by reviewing your notes leading up to your final exams. While this might seem like more work on top of your regular school work, it will ultimately save you more time at the end of the semester because you’ll already become prepared.
Take the time to review your notes, look over your syllabus, and maybe even ask your professor to give you some tips on how to study for the upcoming final exam.
Many students, when starting to think about preparing for finals, look at the dates of their finals, then count their way back. “Biology final on Wednesday? That’s two or three studying days needed. I guess I’ll start hitting the books on Sunday.” A far better idea is to count up from the day the study questions are handed out (or if your prof doesn’t bother with such niceties, a week before the exam) to the day the exam will take place. “Seven days? Then I’ll divide the course into sevenths and study two weeks’ worth of lectures each day.”
Prioritize, focus on your weaknesses
Some classes will inevitably be easier than others. Studying for those classes will probably come easier than studying for a more difficult class. When that happens, break down what you’re having trouble with in each course.
Instead of sitting down and reading your entire textbook or notebook, break the material down. Studying something you know just as much as something you don’t doesn’t make much sense. Make a checklist of things that you’ve struggled with and make sure to put more time into those topics. That way, you won’t spend time reviewing the material you’re comfortable with.