Hey there! Today I want to share my advice with you for finishing the semester strong. There’s only two weeks left before summer, but there’s a lot to be done in those two weeks, and you have to be super careful not to lose track of anything. I’ve been going crazy and running on minimal sleep the past few weeks trying to finish everything, and I think my assignments are (finally) starting to wrap up. Let me tell you, taking 27 credit hours is not recommended! Anyway, after having finished 5 (almost 6) college semesters, I have finally figured out some tips and tricks for staying on top of things as the semester comes to a close!
- The first step is to organize your planner/to-do list. Last week, I made a master list with every assignment I need to complete for the rest of the semester. It really helped me visualize everything I had left, and it’s a great feeling to cross things off one by one and watch the list dwindle. Make sure you add due dates as well to keep you on track.
- Next, I would recommend organizing your folders/notes. Throw out old useless handouts. If you take notes on a computer, organize them into easy to use folders. Track down all your old tests and study guides. Final exams are coming, and knowing where everything is ahead of time is really helpful when it comes time to study.
- Organize your space. Although it may seem like productive procrastination, I always like to clean my apartment before the start of a busy week. Having a clean, organized apartment will allow you to focus on the things you really need to worry about.
Find the Missing Pieces
- As you organize your notes and assignments, you might find you’re missing a handout or notes on a specific topic. Finding these things ahead of time gives you a chance to contact classmates and professors and make sure you have everything you need for finals.
- If your grade is lower than you had hoped, maybe you’re missing an assignment or a project that you could still turn in for some credit. You can also look in your syllabus to see if your professor offers extra credit, and earn some extra points that way. Those usually have due dates around this time, so make sure you check before it’s too late.
- Check your paperwork. Make sure everything is taken care of for the end of the semester. Did you register for fall classes? Apply for jobs/internships? Send in scholarship forms? You don’t want to lose track of any of these things in the mess of finals, so make sure you stay on top of it!
- If you get the chance to work ahead at all, take it. Otherwise you end up on a Sunday night typing three different papers and finishing work for your online classes. (No, I didn’t have to do this last week, why do you ask?) Education studies show that students who study small chunks over a longer period of time have better results than people who cram the night (or morning) before a test. Also, take it from me, writing a ten page paper in one night is hell. Just believe me on that one okay?
Take Care of You
- When the school year gets to this time, I usually find myself dragging myself out of bed. I run on very little sleep and junk food, trying to make it through. This semester, I’ve been striving to drink a lot of water and get in as much sleep as I can. I also made a really big healthy meal on Monday and then split it into portions so I have something quick and healthy to eat when I’m hungry. This really helps prevent the “order a pizza” type of late night studying I usually do. Long story short? Drink water, eat right, and sleep.
- Don’t feel bad about having fun. I know just a few lines ago I said you should work ahead, but sometimes there’s an exception. As the school year winds up though, you should take some time to be with your friends and have fun! It isn’t a good idea for you to go out every night, but you should not beat yourself up over having a good time! I ended up writing 3 papers last Sunday because I went home for Easter to see friends and family. As painful as Sunday night was, seeing everyone was definitely worth it!
So there it is – my tips for finishing this semester strong! Nobody wants to fail a class, and now is the time you really have to make that last push to make sure everything turns out well. If you have other tips for finishing strong please share them below! I would love to hear them!
Good luck to you all with finals and end of the year projects – I know you can do it!