Finals week. It's coming at us faster than we can comprehend, yet the motivation to study is at an all time low. If you're anything like me, all you've been thinking about is sleeping in, how nice it's going to feel to be at the beach, and how having time to hold a steady job/income means you can buy a heck of a lot more concert tickets. Unfortunately, we can't get to those things until we make it through these next few weeks, so I'm here to try to motivate you to get through the rest of the year!! I'm a list kinda gal, so I'll be listing my best tips to get through the rest of the year when you have no motivation to do so.
1. Chunk down your time. Your brain loves when you simplify scary looking tasks into easier ones. If you tell yourself that you have a project, 3 AP tests, and a final, you're going to freak out. But if you tell your brain that you have to do one section of the project each day, an hour of studying for each AP test a few nights before, and go study with a friend for your final for a couple hours, your brain will calm down. When you give yourself time limits and say, "okay, I'm going to sit down, study for _____ for an hour and then decide what else I need to do," it's much more manageable. Calm down, break things down, and spend more time doing what you need to do instead of stressing over what you have to do.
2. Set a good balance. Finals week doesn't mean finals are all you have to do. If you're feeling prepared for your exam, let yourself go to bed early instead of continuing to cram on material you already know. Relax, do something for fun, or reward yourself for your hard work.
3. Study with friends. Since we all have to go through finals, why don't endure the pain together? Quiz each other, share studying hacks, tutor each other, whatever you need. Finals will be a whole lot more enjoyable if you're doing it with a friend, and you'll probably learn something from them anyways!!
4. Calm down. Let's be honest. How much does this final really matter? I mean I know it matters, and it's important to always try your best, but at the end of the day, a bad grade isn't the worst thing that could happen to you. Of course you need to work hard, and work to the point where you can say that you're confident in yourself and know you've done everything you can to prepare. That way you know you've done what you can, and whatever happens, happens. No one is going to ask you what you got on your math final sophomore year, so don't sweat it too much.
Let me finish off this little article by saying that you are going to absolutely ROCK whatever it is you've got going on for the end of the semester. I know how tough it is to stay focused and motivated until the end of the year, but YOU GOT THIS!!! Just think: with each day and each assignment that passes by, you're one step closer to the end of the year. You've worked so hard this year, so don't throw that away these last couple of weeks. You owe it to yourself to finish off these last few weeks strong. Remember that you are fully capable of crushing it. Get the extra help you need, ask questions, and study hard. I promise it'll all pay off once you've finally completed the year and are full into summer. Keep pushing through!!! You got this!! I'll also link an article I wrote a while back about study tips, so check it out if you're looking for ways to shake up your average study session, and I've also got another one about encouragement for my fellow struggling students!!
Happy finals season!! You got this!!