It is everyone’s least favorite part of the school year. Finals week is here whether we are ready for it or not. I am burnt out, overwhelmed, and just done with school. It always seems that I have way more to do the last two weeks of school than I have any other time during the semester. If I am not studying for a test, I am writing a paper. If I am not writing a paper, I am working on a project. I feel
like I cram an entire month into two weeks! Some people take finals week in stride. I am not one of those people. I am the type of person who manages to survive finals week, but I am extremely stressed the whole time. So if you are already ready for finals week, all the power to you! If you are more like me, you might want to continue to read because in today’s post, I will share a few things I do to keep myself motivated during finals week.
I am not one of those super organized people who keep a planner and have every second of their life plan. My life would probably be a lot easier if I did that, but that is just not who I am. However, I have so much to do during the last two weeks of school that I will forget to do some things if I do not write them down. For the last bit of the semester, I type out a list of everything I have to do and print it off. I hang it up on my door and cross things off as I do them. It is not a very structured list; I just list things in order of importance. It is not much, but it helps me from forgetting some important dates and from feeling overwhelmed.
My friends and I plan study parties throughout the last week or so of school. We get together in the library or one of our apartments, get some food, put on some music, and study together. We do not talk much because we all have different work, but it is still reassuring to be near one another while we study. There are times I need to study alone, but sometimes I
tend to freak out if I feel over stressed. Believe it or not, I tend to get over stressed during finals. When this happens it is especially good to have someone there to encourage. It is also much more fun to study with your friends than it is to study alone.
When I have been studying for several hours, I just have to take a break or I will completely lose my mind. I will do laundry, go for a walk, watch some TV, or even take a nap. As long as I can take a small break every few hours, I am able to study more and retain twice as much. Sitting over a book for hours on end gives me a headache and stresses me
out to the point that I fret over what I have to do more than I actually it. But if I am not careful I will get caught up in what I am doing and not study anymore. I have started setting alarms so that I know when my breaks are over.
Don’t Give Up
I know that most of you are as tired and as burnt out as I am. Sometimes I see my books piled up on my desk and just want to crawl under my covers and hide from my homework. The last few weeks are the hardest, but if we just do this last bit of work it will be over
until next semester. Then we can go to the beach and hide out for the summer! We have worked hard all semester so it would not make sense to quit now. Don’t give up! It will be worth it in the end.
Do you have any advice for finals weeks? If you do leave me a comment! I would like to wish all my readers the best of luck on their finals and a fantastic summer vacation! Thank you for reading my blog! Like my post and make sure you check back every other Wednesday for a new one!