Spring semester finals week is approaching and in my opinion it is one of the most stressful and antsy times of the year. One one hand you are so close to summer and total academic freedom, but on the other there are tons of exams and assignments you need to complete. In a situation like this, it can be easy to stress out and befuddle oneself. But this definitely can be avoided so long as you prepare and take care of yourself. Here are somethings I have learned about spring semester finals week from my three years here at UMass.
This might be obvious, but it’s a lot easier said than done. The actual classes end a week prior to when final examinations begin, so to some students, when classes end, the work ends. I made this grim mistake freshman year, and the result was me grinding the night before in hopes to secure a passing grade. The reality of it is that you should take the break between classes and exams to prepare yourself and to space out your studying sessions. With numerous exams to take and several days with no classes, there is plenty of time to get all your studying in. Thankfully I realized this quickly and took advantage of those free days.
Take your mind off things
This might sound a bit counterproductive to my first tip, but being able to relax and take it easy at times is essential during finals week. The last couple of weeks of school can be emotional because you are separating from the close friends made throughout the year. Taking some time to hang out and enjoy their presence is always good, especially when going through the stresses of studying for exams and doing homework.
Go to review sessions
Chances are that for a lot of your introductory classes there will be tons of resources for you to use in order to succeed on your final exam. This may include office hours, SI sessions, TA review sessions, and more. Be sure to take advantage of all of these if you can because they will most certainly help. It may seem like lectures and classes are over, but going to any additional help session will be beneficial to your grades.