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PREPARING FOR THE END OF THE SEMESTER

Often times, the end of the semester can be rather demanding. There are final exams to prepare for, as well as papers and projects. This can make it a pretty stressful time. While some stress during this time is to be expected, there are things you can do to make it more manageable.

  • Manage Time: This means no cramming! In the last few weeks of the semester, begin by making a to-do list of the tasks, projects, papers, and materials to review. Then, schedule them in your planner/calendar. Each night, take a look at what you have planned for the next day to ensure you have all of the necessary materials. Check your list at set points throughout the day to be sure you’re on track, and check things off as you go. Be realistic however, and do not schedule too much in any given day or time period. Follow this plan throughout the semester to eliminate procrastination.
 
  • Study Smart: First, set up a study space conducive to working productively. Have good lighting, lots of space to spread out your materials (not your bed!), and keep it relatively quiet. This means no T.V., Internet, or texting – keep music to a minimum. As you study, remember that you don’t need to know every fact or detail. Make use of study guides provided by your teacher. Review old tests, homework assignments, and notes. Give a little extra attention to the areas you struggle with or have a hard time remembering. 
 
  • Get Help: Ask your teacher for clarification about what will be covered on the final exam or for instructions on final projects. Always ask for assistance on material you don’t understand. Make use of tutors or study centers at your school, and ask a trusted peer for help.
 
  • Stay Healthy: When we’re stressed, we can often let our healthy habits go. However, this is when you need them most. Get a good night’s sleep, maintain a health diet (limit that junk food!), drink plenty of water, and engage in regular physical activity.

I hope you’ve found some of these tips helpful. Good luck, and happy studying!
 
- Kara Meyer, Ph.D.


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