Finals season is drawing nigh, so in all likelihood things are about to become difficult for you. Assuming it hasn’t already, your schedule will become overwhelming, your work/life balance nonexistent, and your grasp on sanity tenuous at best… so happy Monday!
Even so, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do, so here are a few unsolicited tips on how to do it. There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but a reminder can always be useful.
1. Exercise. Going for a run is a great way to burn off stress and calm your mind. Just be sure to stop at some point, lest you find yourself running across campus, across the county, across the great state of Pennsylvania, and from coast to coast on a three-year journey of self-discovery. It may win Tom Hanks an Oscar, but you aren’t likely to do well on your final.
2. If you still need to unwind, try taking a study break by watching one of your favorite Tom Hanks movies, such as Forrest Gump, That Thing you Do!, Gone with the Wind, or Gladiator.
3. Studying in a group can be a great way to prepare for an exam. Protip: make sure your new study buddies know something about the subject at hand. For instance, biology majors may be disappointed to learn that political science majors like myself know comparatively little about donkeys or elephants, although we do know a thing or two about gerrymanders (they’re like lizards, right?)
4. You’ve been through a “crunch time” like this at least once before, and you’ll make it through other times like this in the future. Think back to other experiences that tested your knowledge, your determination and your endurance, like the time you fought that shark off the coast of South Africa, or perhaps last semester’s finals; whichever you think is more analogous.
5. “Keep your ultimate goal in mind. Final exams are nothing but a bump on the road to wherever you want to go personally and professionally. And never forget, if you can dream it, you can do it!” – Attila the Hun
6. Finals are simply an opportunity to demonstrate what you’ve learned over the course of the semester. You won’t be seeing anything new provided you’ve paid attention in class and kept up with the assigned readings. You’ve kept up with the assigned readings, right? RIGHT?!?
7. Try to get as many “A’s” on your final exams as possible.
8. Summer is just around the corner, as are next semester’s mid-terms!