With finals fast approaching and stress mounting, the last thing any college student wants to do is make their finals season worse by not properly planning to face it head-on. Here are five tips you can use to make the last month of the semester more successful and productive instead of spending all your time trying to calculate what grade you need to get on your final to pass a class.
1. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”
Many people throughout history have used some version of this old adage, but their point remains the same: if you don’t prepare, you probably won’t succeed. Being prepared also allows you to put forth your best effort. The late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden frequently told this to his players: even if they lost the game, they won in their efforts. Similarly, even if you don’t get the final grade you hoped for, if you prepared diligently, at least you tried your best.
2. A little bit of self-care goes a long way
Yes, you can sleep when you’re dead, but you could also sleep before then. Of course it’s imperative to work hard while preparing for finals, but you can’t do that to the best of your ability without taking care of yourself, too. Get enough sleep. Take regular breaks. Watch ONE episode of whatever it is you’re binging this week. Everything should be in moderation.
3. Your professors want to see you succeed
Hopefully, you haven’t had one of those professors that say things like, “You probably won’t pass my class.” If you’re like most students, your professor wants you to succeed. With that being said, utilize your professor. They’re one of your best study tools because they are the only one that knows what they want and expect of your classwork. Go to their office hours, ask questions when you don’t understand something and confirm what they want from you. It’s the simplest thing you can do to get ahead in any given class.
4. If you’re bad at running, run more
I saw this quote in a Nike ad a few years ago, but I feel it can apply well to just about anything. Humans have a tendency to gravitate towards the things they are good at, but that doesn’t do a whole lot to make us better at what we’re not good at. The only way to get better at something you’re not good at is to do it so often that you see improvement.
5. Know your resources, and use them
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