So Close Yet So Far Away
We are in week 14 of the semester, which means we are almost at the end! I can practically feel summer already. Vacations, spending time with friends and sleeping in are just a few of the things to look forward to when summer rolls around. However, like every obstacle course, there is always one last obstacle you have to overcome before the end. I think we all know what it is: Finals.
The Final Boss Battle
College is kind of like a video game. We level up by gaining knowledge, we defeat small enemies like homework, we make companions through classmates and we win boss battles when we take exams. However, there is always a final boss battle in every game, and for us that is our finals. I know for me, it can be a very stressful time, so here are some tips and tricks to make finals week a little bit better.
The Keys to Success: The Michael Way
For me, exams are all about comfort. The worst feeling during an exam is when you feel like you didn’t study enough or maybe didn’t prepare the right way. However, have no fear, because there are a few easy steps you can take to prevent that feeling.
Step 1: STUDY!
I don’t want it to feel over simplified, but for me beginning the studying for a final is like getting the ball rolling. Even when there is a lot of content to study, after each study session I know more than I did when I started. Then, when it comes to test time, I can tell myself that I do know something.
Step 2: Make a schedule
Laying out a schedule allows you to keep track of when your exams are going to be and when you want to study for them. It’s always good to study in advance; a schedule will tell you how long you have and how frequently you want to study leading up to the exam!
Step 3: Build some confidence!
Even if a final is comprehensive, don’t be intimidated. You have already made it to the end of the semester, so give yourself a pat on the back! Take a little pride in the hard work you have done all semester to reach this point. As you study or prepare for your exams, remember that you have been in the class all semester and already have some knowledge stored that will help you. Trust yourself!
No matter how tough finals get this year, keep your head up and trust in yourself. We are all at Missouri State because we deserve to be here and work hard! Good luck!
(Bio: My name Is Michael Rexroad, a transfer student from Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City. I am a junior currently studying cell and molecular biology with a minor in chemistry.)