As I write this, there are 7 days, or 168 hours/10,080 minutes/604,800 seconds until finals week begins. And even though 604,800 seconds seems like a long time, it doesn’t feel nearly enough time to accomplish all of the last minute projects, presentations, papers, lab reports, and exams remaining. How exactly does a UNH student tackle the last week of classes and finals week?! I’ll give you a hint: the answer is not a lot of coffee.
First things first – look on the UNH Registrar’s webpage and figure out when exactly your finals are. This may seem like a no brainer, but last year, I wrote down one of the times wrong and completely missed a final! (The story does have a happy ending though – My professor let me come to his office hours to make it up, God bless him!) That brings me to my next point…
ORGANIZATION IS KEY. Seriously, my planner is color coordinated for each class and I have all of my assignments and final exams written down. If that’s not your thing, I suggest Post-Its with your final exam room and time written down. If that doesn’t work for you either, set a reminder on your iWhatever – you’re sure to check that!
This may be a little too obvious but I’ll mention it anyways – STUDY! Flashcards, study guides, reading the entire textbook cover to cover, whatever works for you! To motivate you to study reward yourself! It can be small (for each chapter I review, I’ll have a piece of chocolate), or big (when I finish all of my finals, my friends and I are going to see a movie). Note: If you decide to go see a movie as a reward, I highly recommend the new Disney movie, Frozen because it’s Disney and, well, everyone loves Disney, right? Right.
Going off the last tip, make sure to not over-study. You might be tempted to pull an “all-nighter” and cram before the exam but this actually won’t help. I like to study the day before the exam and then get to bed early so I’m well rested. I’ll review my notes right before the exam as well, so it’s fresh in my mind. And make sure to eat breakfast before the exam!
Above all, just try to relax and keep the stress at a minimum (easier said than done, I know). If you start getting stressed beyond belief, just take 5, 10, 15 minutes and go for a walk, watch a funny YouTube video, a quick nap maybe… whatever helps bring that stress back down. 7 days/168 hours/10,080 minutes/604,800 seconds might not seem like very long, but after that, we can all reward ourselves with a month long break. Good Luck!