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As college students, the time between Thanksgiving and the holidays is filled with pumpkin pie, family, warm fireplaces and impending doom. As you button up your pants after your Thanksgiving meal, it hits you that the next three weeks of your life will be quite possibly the most painful ever.
The best thing to do in this time of chaos and sorrow is to put down the Christmas shopping list and pick up your books, as starting early on finals is the best way to conquer them. I get it — leaving all of your work until the very last week shortens the amount of pain you go through, but spacing out your term papers and studying will leave you much more relaxed and ready to finish out the semester.
Below are five of the easiest ways to stay on top of your finals pile. Follow them and you will be back to thinking about sugar plums in no time.
1. Sticky notes are your friend.
Delightfully square and eternally adorable, brightly colored sticky notes are a student’s best friend when prepping for a stressful work load. Use a few different colors of sticky notes (perhaps green to bring you to your Christmas tree inspired happy place) to map out what needs to be done for the week. I like to use a Post-it note per day; I write out what needs to be done and stick it on the ledge of my desk. If you write out what needs to be done the night before, you will wake up and instantly have a plan of what you have to do. The visual representation of a task helps to remind and motivate you. Stick them on your mirror, your closet door or wherever you tend to look most (well, not your attractive neighbor’s backside).
2. Schedule meetings in advance.
Meetings with advisers, RAs and club leaders seem to be in high demand as the semester winds down, so be sure to schedule all of these well in advance. Make sure to jot down the time and date in a planner (or a well-placed sticky note) so that you remember where you have to be. Scheduling ahead means less time scrambling to make appointments and more time to focus on what really matters — setting up a dorm Christmas tree.
3. Get the big stuff done first.
If you have a 10- or 15-page term paper due the last week of finals, try to bang it out as far in advance as possible. Work on it a bit every day or set aside a chunk of time to get it done. By getting larger and more labor-intensive work out of the way, you allow time during the actual week of final exams to study for smaller things that may come up. Starting early on papers or projects also means you have time to meet with your professor or other classmates to discuss any problems or concerns you have with your work.
4. Start compiling materials.
Start organizing notes, study guides and previous exams a few weeks before the date of your test. By gathering all of your materials, you are creating a packet of information to study from, and doing it early means you can find anything that you are missing before it is too late. Check with classmates to get any notes you are missing and always be sure to take advantage of past exams and quizzes. Even if the content won’t be on the final, it can serve as an indicator of how and what the test will be like.
5. Take care of yourself.
The most important part of finals time is taking care of your body and mind. Start regulating your sleep schedule, make sure you are getting plenty of water and good food and avoid anyone with any type of bodily fluid coming out of their face. Getting a cold or any other type of illness will just make this time seem even more impossible, so start focusing on yourself a few weeks ahead. Go to the gym, eat an orange instead of that cookie and don’t overwork yourself. Remember to take time out to relax and de-stress. It will all be over in a few weeks and then you can celebrate eight crazy nights or rescue your grandmother from a reindeer.
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