Finals week: Things you don’t do, but really should

Megan McKenna
Staff Writer

Each year, new students flood onto campus and are looking for tips and tricks to make college life easier. The problem is that they get very good advice, and then fail to follow through with it. Now, I know that everyone has this problem from time to time, so I thought that perhaps it would be a good idea to give a few friendly reminders. I know that all these tips seem like they’re just me nagging you like your mom, but I promise you that they really will help you along the way. On that note, I am going to give you my tips to how to have an easier time dealing with the college lifestyle.

Clean out your inbox. Professors are going to notify you about everything via email. The most important information like project dates, class cancellations, or even extra credit opportunities may get lost if you don’t have the space in your inbox for the emails. It is not the professor’s responsibility to make sure that you keep your inbox cleaned out, and if you miss finding out the information that they are sending you then that’s on you. Make sure that you always have an easy route for professors to get ahold of you in case of anything that they hadn’t anticipated coming up on the schedule. The last thing you want is to get up early unnecessarily or to miss extra credit because you didn’t get the email.

Use the Tutoring Center. We are coming up on finals week hard and fast. Don’t let yourself cave into the pressure of your school work now. It’s alright to still be getting confused during this stage of the game, but don’t let that be your downfall this semester. The tutors are there because they want to help you, and I promise that they are good at what they do. They wouldn’t have been hired if they didn’t have any skill in the class you are struggling in. There is no shame in going up there for a little extra help or having someone from the writing center look over your 10-page research paper. They get paid to be there, so make them work for it.

Don’t lighten up. For a lot of us, this time of year comes with one of two things, stress or a lack of motivation. If you suffer from the latter, I encourage you to stay focused and finish strong. This time of the year is hectic and a lot is going on, but finals are coming and you need to pass those to move on. I know we all want to say we are done with class and throw our assignments up in the air in frustration, but I promise you, you can do this. You have been working so hard to make it out of this semester alive, so study hard and keep at it. Instead of lightening up, push it all the way to the end, and you’ll be sure to succeed.

Hopefully these reminders have jogged your memories and you have the right tools to help you along the way. College isn’t exactly easy, but by following through with all these tricks of the trade, this will make it easier. Like I said, finals are coming and no one is excited, but I have faith in all of you. Just remember to keep these things in mind. Good luck during finals, everyone!


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