Preparing for the End: FINALS!

Final season has fallen among us. And like many other VU students, you most likely  have to juggle your last midterms with studying and/or working on your final exams/projects. Here are some steps to aid you in preparation for final season.

  1. Make a list of all your exams, final projects, papers, etc. and record the date and time each assignment is due/scheduled.
  2. Print a blank calendar (or use a planner) and write in the information you collected in step 1.
  3. Review the list you made in step 1 and estimate how long it will take you to study for, finish, and/or prepare for each item you listed.
  4. Using different colored highlighters, pen, symbols etc., block in the days that you will work on each assignment. For example, if you have an exam Friday, and you need to study for 4 days for it, you will highlight or mark the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before the exam as an indication of the days that you will study for it.
  5. Repeat step 4 for everything on your list.

In particular to studying, if you need guidance to break down your studying into manageable chunks, follow these steps:

  1. Make a list of all of the chapters/parts that will be covered by your exam.
  2. Quickly skim/review each section and make an estimate of how long it will take you to review the material. Note this next to each chapter/section.
  3. Follow the same steps #1-5 in the above list and use them particularly for your exam. If needed, make/print another calendar separately for any exam.

Your planner/calendar can look pretty overwhelming after listing all of your responsibilities. However, know to take each day at a time and to not try to overplan and over exhaust yourself. Always have 1 to 2 days a week where you are not actively doing work and can relax and do the things you enjoy. Remember to take study breaks every 45 min to 60 min and to sleep,on average, 7 to 8 hours a night.