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Teachers’ tips for a successful finals week

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Finals week is the most stressful part of the year for many, especially when students are anticipating summer break. Take a study break to read helpful advice from the best sources possible — our professors.

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“Vary your study strategies as much as you can. Read and look at your notes, but also make up mnemonic devices or songs to remember material, make flashcards and quiz yourself, outline and write practice essays, etc. Once you’re sure that you know the material, move on from it. Most importantly, take time out to help out a friend, if you can. The sense of community that can rise up in dorms and libraries around finals week is really great,” said Erin Kilian, Department of English.

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“Put post-it notes everywhere with terms/figures/images/etc. on them. Seriously — on the mirror in the bathroom, above/across from the toilet, on the fridge, on the cereal box, on the cupboard door — even in the silverware drawer. I’m a visual learner and seeing something repetitively helps me remember it. Sleep is good, too. I never slept during finals week and I can see now how bad that was. Your brain needs to regenerate and to remember information, you really do have to sleep,” said Jodi Hallsten, School of Communication.

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“The last week of a semester is so important. When a student looks at totals for grades in classes, it is apparent a significant percentage of the entire grade is earned in the last week of class. Kicking it in during this home stretch can make a real difference on a student’s final grade. You can relax in one week, so work hard now,”  said Dr. John McHale, School of Communication.

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“Be strategic with the time that you have. Get clear on your top priorities and make time for them in your schedule. Realize that it is important not to overload the body and mind; instead, study high-priority content in short bursts during peak energy times of the day. Eat whole foods for nutrition and energy. Exercise, sleep, and get a little sun if you can. Avoid distractions. Keep yourself joyful with small rewards throughout the week! Remember that you’re working hard to become an empowered learner and professional,” said Dr. Maria Schmeeckle, Department of Sociology.

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“Give it your best shot and then put it behind you — it’s pointless crying over spilt milk. Go and enjoy the summer break,” said Dr. John Huxford, School of Communication.

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