The hardest part about coming back from break is getting back into the swing of things. It’s especially difficult when you know that there’s only two more weeks to go until fall semester is over, and then you get to sleep in and not think about classes or exams for three whole weeks. That’s a great thought, but before we can get to break, we have to get to finals week. So with lots of naps, hot chocolate and reunions with old high school friends looming over your head, how are you supposed to find your motivation to study and ace those exams?
First of all, plan wisely. Cut time out of your schedule to spend in the library, and get a group together to study, if you can. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to study for everything at once, but designate a particular subject to each day instead. If you wait until the last minute to start preparing for your finals, you’ll just make yourself even more stressed.
Once you have a schedule for yourself, you’ll have to push yourself to stick by it. The thought of Christmas can be your greatest distraction, but it can also be your greatest motivation! After all, this is the last time you’ll have to study for these particular classes, so make it count! You’ll be done before you know it.
And finally, keep the big picture in mind: Classes can be stressful, but the work you’re doing now really does matter. On graduation day, you’ll be so glad you put in all those hours studying. Don’t forget why you’re here in the first place!
You can do this!