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How to Survive Finals

As we approach the last days of the semester and the inevitable final exams loom over students’ heads, Hendry offers a few tips to keep your grades up and minds’ sane during the chaotic finals season.

The sun is shining, the air is crisp and fresh, and excitement radiates everywhere. As spring semester comes to a close and summer rapidly approaches, the last place a college student wants to be is in the classroom. Unfortunately for students, it seems like there is more work to be done in the last two weeks of the semester than in the rest of the semester combined. Here lies the problem: how does one beat the inevitable lack of motivation that comes with the end of spring semester?

While some of these things may sound fundamental, they really do make the difference when dealing with lack of motivation as the end of the semester approaches.

  1. Sleep is very important. A restful night’s worth of sleep helps keep the mind and body fresh for the following day. Making sure you have enough sleep will help make the excuse of sleeping through class no longer valid. Sleep also helps to put you in a better mood and will give you the motivation needed to make it through the day.
  2. Take care of your body by eating healthily and exercising. When you eat poorly, you feel worse. The body is a machine and needs the proper fuel to make it through the day. Exercise is also very important because it gives the body the activity it needs. Both eating healthily and exercising help to make a person feel better. When you feel better, you can stay focused and motivate yourself to finish the semester strong.
  3. Procrastination is the enemy. It is very easy to put homework assignments off until the last minute. In the end, the work load only piles up and becomes unbearable. It is a lot easier to enjoy free time once work has been completed, because the mind is not always preoccupied with the homework assignment that is due the next day.

Every college student suffers from the urge to slack off that comes with the end of spring semester. We have all stayed up too late for no reason, overslept, or skipped class just because we didn’t feel like going. In the end though, it is important to remember that college education is what you make of it. Since it is your money being spent, and your future at stake, it is worth the extra effort to study for tests, do the homework, and drag yourself to class, even if it seems insufferable at the time. The light is at the end of the tunnel, and the reward of summer is upon us. It just may require a little more effort than usual to get through the chaos.


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