Flashcards, Finals, Finished

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I don't know about everyone else, but I am striving to turn in final projects and to take final exams. Notice I didn't say struggling, but striving. If we flashed back to Freshman year, I would not be able to say the same thing. I was struggling. Since my Freshman year, thankfully, things have changed. 

Freshman Year

Young, naive Mary decided to take on all of her finals at once. Yes, I did marathons of studying. I didn't prioritize; I didn't make a to-do list; I didn't sleep. I did try to study for six finals in advance all within the same two days. Granted, I didn't procrastinate; I just wasn't smart on how to study. 

         Courtesy of Charles Schulz

         Courtesy of Charles Schulz

Since that time, I've learned a lot of little tips and tricks to help make finals less painful. 

Sophomore Year

I'm going to be honest; Sophomore year was hard. At the end of my first semester, I was preparing to study abroad in London, England, so obviously, my head was not in the finals game. 

Sarcastic Willy Wonka was right. I spent my time looking at photos of Big Ben and the London Eye. My procrastination skills were strong. Fortunately, I made it through finals and onto London, but if we flash forward to the present, times have changed. 

Junior Year

Smart, three-years-into-college Mary has learned to prioritize. I have made a to-do list; I have my finals on my calendar; I have begun organizing all of the information for my finals. Studying little by little has helped me to retain information and to not become crushed by the stress of finals. Over the course of my three years here, there are a few tips and organizational techniques that have made finals much easier. Keep reading and this will no longer be you: 

  1. Make a to-do list in order of when things are due.
  2. Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize
  3. Study a little at time. For instance, make flashcards and go over a few when you have a couple of minutes to spare.
  4. Sleep! This is incredibly important. Sleep helps you retain information, which means higher grades.
  5. Take breaks. Your brain needs to rest every now and then. Go on a walk, watch Netflix, or hang out with friends. 

Go and rock those finals! 

-Mary, sleep lover, flashcard maker, and (hopefully) finals A-cer 

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