So, it’s finals week…
The week begins by calculating the lowest score you can get and still pass the class. You go through stages of procrastination, denial, distraction, acceptance, and exhaustion.
Rebecca Powell recalls a finals scare she had. “Last semester, I was almost late to my final and had to run to class to make it on time, only to realize that I had grabbed the wrong binder and I didn’t have my scantron. I had to sprint to my car, which was across campus, to get my other binder and sprint back. I was almost fifteen minutes late and almost got locked out of class.”
Another student, Jeff Flores, tells us about his scare. “It was my first semester of college, and I was sitting in my car in the parking lot, thinking I got to school early and my test started at 8p.m. when I got an email from the professor asking where I was. It turned out, the test started at 7p.m., so I ran in and started the test forty-five minutes late, but I finished with plenty of time.”
It’s going to be okay. Here’s some tips from fellow students to help you get through the week.
Eat well, get plenty of rest, drink plenty (not alcohol), study in small increments of time – no longer than twenty minutes, study with instrumental music only – no words, plan to study when you are most alert, rewrite your notes neatly – several times, study the material alone before you study with a group, and whatever you do, don’t procrastinate.
The Learning Resource Center has extended hours for finals week, as well as the Math Learning Center and the English Success Center. Drop-in tutoring is available for students, as well as Directed Learning Activities and the bookstore is open for extended hours as well for last minute testing supplies.
Jorden Wozniak said, “When finals come around, my best friends are my flash cards, highlighters, and study groups.”
On test day, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, stay hydrated, arrive early to chat with classmates, pace yourself- these exams can be hours long, and READ THE DIRECTIONS!
Good luck, Chargers! One week to go!