Doesn’t it seem like every semester finals come around faster than you thought they would? Now you find yourself stressing about studying enough for each class and trying to figure out what grade you can possibly get in each class. Everyone hunkers down in their favorite study spots whether it is in Cook Library, Liberal Arts, or your dorm. Everyone seems to be so busy! Here is a fun list of students that you will probably run into in your favorite study spot.
Crammers use the remaining balance on their student account to buy Red Bull and coffee. During finals week, you scope out areas, restaurants, and coffee shops open 24-hours. The night before a final, you glue yourself to your notes, dust off your textbook and start reading. Your table at the library has a pile of old food containers, empty Starbucks cups, and papers everywhere. Your eyes are bloodshot but determined. Wondering why all the weird looks from students passing you by in the library? They see your sleeping bag and pillow and the I’ve-been-cramming-for-3-days-straight look on your face.
Your motto at finals time is “you can do it!” Your idea of preparing for finals is to bake cookies for people studying, write “good luck” notes on your roommate’s door, and stand outside lecture halls with big YOU CAN DO IT signs. What’s in your calendar? The dates/times of Dan’s, Carrie’s, Beth’s, Tim’s, and Emma’s exams, of course. Someone has to pump them up and that someone is you!
Social Media Addict
Social media addicts FREAK OUT during finals because they don’t know if they will make it through the 1-hour, no-cell-phone final. You secretly wish you could tweet your answers to your professors and then do a quick search in the app store for “complete finals app” and no luck. Your idea of preparing for finals is to schedule posts in advance on Facebook, warn your Twitter followers months in advance that @socialmediaaddict will be MIA between 10:00am-11:00am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and ask a friend to repin new Pinterest pins while you are taking your exams. During each exam, you go through an entire pack of gum and tap your thumb to minimize your withdrawal symptoms. You hope that maybe pretending to post your next Instragram photo will help you focus more on the final and less on what’s happening on Instagram.
All-stars make up a famous group of talented, well-prepared, and high-performing students. The all-star student starts preparing for finals the first day of class. Right from the start, your dorm or house is filled with stacks of flashcards, highlighted notes, and marked textbook pages. You can recite the date and exact time of each final and likely have your pencil sharpened and set aside for these special days. In class, you’re the first one to raise your hand and ask, “Will this be on the final?” Even though the professor says no, you star it anyway “just in case”. You want to be prepared, right?
Preparing for Finals Tips
- Use the AAC’s tutoring services & Professors’ office hours
- Create a Study Schedule
- Use your course syllabus or study guide to focus on the material you need to know
- Take breaks while studying; we recommend taking a 3-5 minute break every 30-45 minutes
- Sleep! At least the recommend amount
- Find a distraction-free study area
- Don’t wait until the last minute to study; start now!
- Study the material using a variety of methods (i.e., flashcards, completing practice problems, and reciting aloud the content)
- Form a study group
- Create a practice test
Jennifer Wendt & Jeremy Boettinger
Academic Achievement Center