Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Final Exam Weak...

I mean week... or do I???
For many of you this week may have already come and gone, or maybe if you're not in school you don't have this week of life to stress you out anymore... But there is always something that stresses us out, so today's post is a few tips to deal with what I like to call "Final Exam Weak", that terrible exhausted feeling you get after a long week of finals that doesn't seem to want to end, well here are a couple tips i've come up with over seven semesters of College finals that help me beat the week and not come out of the other end feeling so exhausted that I'm a zombie until two days before Christmas... Here goes nothing...
#1. Just go ahead now and accept the fact that you will get what you get. I AM NOT SAYING DO NOT STUDY... please don't even think I mean that. You should study, and often, especially during finals week. What I mean here is stop freaking out, because freaking about getting a certain grade on your final exam is going to stress you out even more and your studying will be less effective if you are freaking out. SO take a deep breath and repeat after me "I will get what I get, and that grade will be the grade I earned." take another deep breath, pick up that Political Science text book and your seventy pages of notes since midterm and study (ehh maybe this is just me... pick up what ever text book and notes you need to be studying and study :)) but be calm while you study.
#2. If the teacher gives you a study guide, for the love of all things USE THE DERN THING!!!! I can not tell you how many times I've been in a class where the professor tells people exactly what is on the test and they still don't study it. If your professor is going to take the time to narrow down for you what you are going to have on your final exam what sense does it make not to use it. And to the girl in my class who told me that the professor gave us a study guide to trick/confuse us, Umm NO MA'AM, Professors are busy and if they take the time to make you a study guide it is not going to be designed to trick you. USE THE GUIDES... However If the teacher doesn't give you a study guide (for example my history professors obviously don't believe in them) Make use of the professor as a resource, do not be afraid to call, email, or even stop by your professors office before exam week to talk with him/her about the final exam. They will not think you are stupid, quite the opposite they will be very impressed that you cared enough about your grade to seek them out *** disclaimer here, unless they are a complete jerk, but in that case you probably know that ahead of time*** Professors can be your biggest allies in a course, use them It's what they get paid for. But don't waste their time!
#3.It is inevitable, that while studying you will do one or both of these two things...
#3.1 - You will study too much for a class that you don't need to.
#3.2 - you will fail to study enough for an exam that you really did need to.
whichever of these you do, you will be fine. I PROMISE! Because what you will learn is that there really is no such thing as too prepared, and that one C or forbid it, even a D on a final exam is not going to kill you. Calm down and take your final. I'll honestly admit I do both of these things on a regular basis, at least once a term, sometimes more than once and You will probably do fine, because even though you are over/under prepared, you are at least somewhat prepared and that will pay off even if it's not the grade you were hoping for :)
#4. Avoid getting sick (something I didn't manage to do this year, feeling pretty crappy this week so this advice is coming from recent/current experience) It SUCKS to be sick and have to do hard core studying! Nothing is worse than being sick and wanting to sleep when you really need to stay up and study for that {insert class name here} exam. I know it isn't always possible not to get sick, but avoid extra risks, like intentionally hanging out with sick friends/boyfriends/spouses/etc. Wash your hands on the regular, and carry some hand sanitizer with you. Oh and Airborne is your friend. If you do manage to catch an exam week cold/flu/sickness drink lots of water, and get yourself better (DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL IF YOU ARE CONTAGIOUS not even your teacher wants you to take an exam if you are ralphing all over the place they will generally let you make that up) If you're not throwing up/contagious/running a fever than you should be good to take your finals, but bring your own cough drops because NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR YOU HACK UP A LUNG FOR TWO HOURS (again speaking from experience)
#5. Break often... Take breaks when you are studying (for example I'm writing this post while taking a break from studying for that Political Science class I was talking about in tip #1)You know how long you can focus on something, especially when it isn't that exciting to begin with. SO don't torture yourselves, when you start feeling drained take a break, get a snack, breathe!
#6. My last tip :) has to do with taking the test itself. Take your time, and don't freak out if you don't know all the answers, if college has taught me anything about test taking it is that some credit is better than no credit, and it is always preferable to answer every question at least half right. If you don't try you get a zero every single time, if you just try you never know where you might get! OH and if everyone is finishing before you... DON'T freak about that either, you get two hours for a reason and smart students will use most of that time on most exams, because there is no shame in double or triple checking your answers even on the simplest of exams. Take your time, check your work and I promise you the results will be worth the trouble.
Good luck loves! Hope you found my pointers semi helpful and if not at least enjoy the images :) i picked them out especially for you ;)
Peace Love Passion {and study hard for those finals loves!}
Love Always Tesla
Oh and one more just because I couldn't possibly not include this meme :)

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