Tips for Finals Week
Published on March 9, 2015 by jhendricks
The last week of the Spring Quarter is just wrapping up at Broadview University West Jordan. Encouraging messages have been left on whiteboards and bulletin boards. Treats have been in the library all week to give students a treat as a reward for all of their hard work. Students have seen their hard work rewarded with congratulations on a research paper, class presentation, or mock brochure well done. However, finals is a stressful time for many students. Here are some tips I’ve learned for ways college students at Broadview and elsewhere can make finals week less hard on yourselves:
- Prepare for Finals: if your final project is a test, start studying for it almost as soon as the midterm exam is finished. Try to understand and remember as much as you can, so you have less to study at the last minute. If your final project is a paper or brochure, consider starting it early. Tasks like choosing a topic, finding the right sources, or selecting a template can usually be done well in advance. Visit the Research Project Calculator to get an idea on how early you should start final projects.
- Take Care of Yourself: We all feel the urge to eat more when we’re stressed, but often sugary foods and caffeine-filled energy drinks will lead to a crash that’s worse than where you were before. So try to eat as normally as you can. And seriously, never pull an all-nighter to study or write your paper. You won’t do nearly as well as you would if you were well-rested, and it’s a rotten way to have to end your quarter.
- Questions? Talk to Your Instructor: Your instructor wants you to do the best possible job and get the best possible grade. Don’t wait until the day of the test or the day you turn in the project to raise concerns. Ask them about any questions or concerns that you have. If anything is unclear to you. Let them know. They’ll be happy to help you understand, and you’ll be happy to get a higher grade later.
- Make the writing easier by writing an outline first – it will give you a roadmap to your paper/brochure, and it will let you know if you’re missing sources or just unclear on what you need to write. Then, when you’re writing, give yourself time to have someone else look at the rough draft after you finish it. They can tell you if they see any problems you’ll want to fix before you revise it.
- Make the test easier by dividing the test into sections and timing the sections – if you have 3 sections and 60 minutes, each section has to be done in 20 minutes. If there’s a hard question, skip it and go to the next one. If you have an essay question, spend a couple of minutes jotting down a quick outline first so you make sure to mention everything the essay wants you to say. And with multiple-choice questions, your first instinct for the answer is often the right one.
Following this advice will make finals week easier for you. Broadview University offers tutoring, the Academic Resource Center, and other things to help you have all the help you need before and during Finals. Talk to an admissions representative about enrolling in our school today!
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