During Thanksgiving break it’s easy to avoid homework and pressing project deadlines. Yet, one thing should come as a shock to your system: There are less than three weeks until finals begin. As assignments and projects are starting to wrap up, it’s time to finish the semester off in the least stressful way possible.
We need not remind you that final exams really do matter — many account for 30 percent or more of a course’s final grade. In order to avoid stressing yourself out, practice time management, eat healthy, get enough sleep and, most importantly, don’t delay studying for finals.
Stress leads to sleep deprivation and can compromise your immune system — which is trouble when a class can sound like a symphony of coughs. A lack of sleep can bring on unnecessary anxiety that can cause you to stress more. With the holidays and winter break approaching, one may lose sight of how important it is to stay in school mode and avoid procrastinating for finals. Going into test day with a clear mind and preparedness will help keep your focus.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed with classes, utilize your resources and plan ahead for final exams. On Tuesday Nov. 27, students are welcome to join in a conversation about planning for finals from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. in 169 Appleby Hall. Bring your schedule for the last two weeks of class and finals week to the workshop and gain advice on how to plan your study for final exams. On Dec. 8, students can also attend “Exam Jam” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 140 Appleby Hall to study for finals, take practice tests and consult with tutors knowledgeable in a variety of subjects. You can register for both workshops and find even more ways to prepare for final exams via the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Workshop database.