It is sadly that time again… Finals! Of course nobody likes them but it is an obligation we have to fulfill and do well on. DePaul has many places to study besides the library (which by the way is open until 2:00a.m) like Arts and Letters Hall (my favorite), the Pit, the dorm lounges, the third floor of the student center and many more. Finding the right place to study does make a difference in the way you are learning your finals material because you are in the right place and therefore you feel comfortable and open-minded.
My past week has been filled with so many things to do plus studying for finals. For example, on Thursday, I had my macroeconomics final in the Loop until 2p.m. and I then had to go to Lincoln Park and hop on the bus by 3:00p.m. game-day ready with all the essentials packed (uniforms, pom-poms, shoes, etc.) to get to the All-State Arena with the Spirit Squad to cheer on the men’s basketball team. Luckily, I made it! I got home at like 10:30p.m. to study for more finals. The next day, I woke up at 12:00pm and went to bed at 5:00a.m because I was studying for my European Art final where I have to memorize 43 paintings… oh the joy! Saturday was a double header so, from 10:45a.m. till 10:30p.m., I was with the Spirit Squad cheering on the women’s and men’s team and thankfully they won! Here comes the best part, that day I went to bed at 12:00a.m due to more studying, to wake up at 4:00a.m. and be ready to go by 5:00a.m. to get to Schaumburg (a Suburb) by 6:00a.m. for a Cheer and Dance Competition. Reason? The members of the Spirit Squad were volunteering as one of our fundraiser activities. It was fun watching all the cheerleading routines and the different elements they brought to the competition. My shift ended at 2:00p.m. and then I got home at 4:00p.m. Since my final was the next day, of course, more studying was on my way.
For finals, I have four basic recommendations that could help you:
- Try to not do the "All Nighter" because your body needs to rest in order to function. Try to take advantage of the time you have and use it to study. If you have to stay up late, like I did, take my friends advice, find something that will keep you awake. It could be music, coffee, energy drink, a nap...as long as you find the right one.
- Write what you have to memorize. It helps a lot because you are seeing what you have to memorize instead of constantly repeating it to yourself. Then, on the test, you can say “Oh, I wrote that!” and be closer to getting an A.
- Set goals. For example, by 2:00pm, I will be done with Chapter 10. It gives you a purpose and motivation to finish on time and quicker.
- Turn off your Wi-Fi! Facebook is probably the main cause of your distractions so just turn it off.
A lot people worry too much about finals rather than actually studying for them. Like Nike, just do it. Don’t think too much about it and start studying for it. You will be ok J