It’s that time of year again. It would be wonderful if there was just one, entirely effective way of getting through the infamous Finals, but due to variances in major, credit load, and individual strengths and weaknesses—there isn’t.
Don’t lose hope, though! Even with only a few days left, it is possible to maximize your working potential using a few general tips.
First, prioritize. I made a tally list of everything I had left to do in each class, and double-checked the due-dates. Figure out what needs the most work. Is there a paper that’s barely started? Work on outlining and researching, so that when crunch time comes you won’t be completely unprepared.
Second, gather your resources. If you have a cumulative final, don’t wait until the night before to collect your notes—start going through your notebook, print-outs, and online resources provided by the professor (such as power-points) and organize them as neatly as possible.
Third, be realistic. Sometimes it seems necessary to cut your losses and let one (or two or more) assignments slip in favor of getting others that are “more important” done. However, you should focus on cutting out other time-consumers. Take a week off from Facebook (it will still be there when you get back). Save your end-of-the-semester celebratory plans for after you’ve finished your assignments.
Above all, keep a positive attitude. Believing in your ability to get work done is a powerful incentive in itself.