“Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.” – Tony Robbins
Every year right before Christmas, students dread the reality of finals. Around this time, the internet is filled with countless memes that project the harsh reality of finals. You go from binge watching Dexter on Netflix all semester to trying to figure out what classes you’re currently taking. I get it, we’ve all been there. As an Academic Coach, I’ve had countless students send me emails over the past few weeks panicking over finals. Although finals can be a bit overwhelming, I can assure you that this too shall pass. Here are some tips that can help you successfully make it through finals:
- Be Aware: It is important you acknowledge where you are right now. Be mindful of your thoughts, emotions and actions. Thanksgiving break can create a false belief that school is over. Combat that belief by staying in your present reality and making attainable goals.
- Make Attainable Goals: You have only a few weeks before the semester is over. Set realistic goals for yourself everyday. A common mistake students make is believing they will eventually get the work done, which results in pulling an all-nighter the day before the final exam. In some cases, you will get the work “done” at the expense of your sleep and sanity. However, it is much more beneficial to study effectively than to wait till the last minute to pull an all-nighter.
- Set Boundaries: Tell your loved ones what your goals are and set boundaries. If your phone is a distraction, turn it off and throw it to the other side of the room. Do whatever it takes to make sure you are eliminating any physical or mental distraction.
- Take Care of Yourself: It is easy to forget about your needs when you’re focused on your grades. You must always remember that you are #1 priority. Be sure to take 10-15 minute breaks every hour. Also, stay active and eat as healthy as possible. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep to promote optimal performance.
- Repeat Positive Affirmations: In order to succeed, you must first believe that you will succeed! Don’t spend time worrying about what could go wrong. Instead, focus on what will go right! Your mind is one of the most powerful tools you have. Use it to attract the positive things you want in your life.
I hope these tips help you through these next two weeks. I believe in your GREATNESS!