Making the Best of Final Exam Season…

Academic Advising, Career Services, College Advising, College Success Life

Final exam season…let’s not be under any illusions.  This time of year is the mega pimple of stress! Ugh!
Fall, Spring, or Summer, no matter what time of year, studying for finals is just plain nerve-racking and overwhelming.

Heaven help us if we’re carrying 5 courses with a final exam in each one…on top of several research papers, not to mention a work schedule, too!

And when we finally access the exam schedule online and discover we have 2 finals in one day, well the mind just seizes and prays for the sustenance to survive the experience.


NEW TO THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

If you’re new to the college environment, final exam season can be quite intimidating, final exam season can be quite intimidating, especially if you spent the semester procrastinating and are a firm believer in the exam “all nighter study process “.

That style of exam preparation may work for some once in a while, but not for most.

In the long run, all you’re doing is undermining your ability to create transferable studying habits that will ultimately help you achieve your college and career goals.

How well you manage and organize your final exam/research paper experiences can foreshadow how successful you’ll be eventually in your chosen profession.

Managing your workflow and meeting required deadlines are fundamental job performance evaluation tools used by most employers today.


THE BENEFIT OF GOOD STUDY HABITS

Developing procrastinating habits in college will only follow you into the workplace.  And that won’t be good when it comes to performance evaluation time.  Good performance evaluations often pave the way for salary increases and job promotions.

So shake off the temptation to “think about it tomorrow” and plan ahead accordingly.

Use your college experience as your personal workplace skills development laboratory.

Sharpen your study habits, increase your networking capabilities, and utilize your student support resources to stay ahead of the academic achievement game and graduate on your timetable.

Whatever time of year it is, spring, summer, or fall, as long as you’re an undergraduate, final exam season will always be in your orbit!

WORDS TO LIVE BY…  So, as mind-numbing as the final exam season can be, suck it up and “Do What You Have To Do So You Can Do What You Want To Do”, so says Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington!

A Word to the Wise...

Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice. And that’s okay.

However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.

Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.

And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know.  Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.

And we're always available to help as well!

Disclaimer Reminder: A college student's first line of inquiry should always be with their campus academic adviser. College Success Life Advising Sessions provide additional problem-solving options to undergraduate and graduate students for further exploration on their individual campuses. Students should always consult their assigned adviser not only during the course selection process but periodically to keep apprised of programmatic changes, testing requirements, course additions/deletions, GPA modifications, etc.

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