What am I getting so far for a grade before Finals?
This is a time when several things happen to our bodies and we don't realize it until we end up sick or we feel exhausted.
This is the norm for high stress situations in life, believe or not, a higher education is HIGH STRESS, LOL. This occurs for a few reasons: 1)The body has glands and most important the brain which secretes these chemicals throughout the body. The most commonly known is adrenaline. During the time of Finals we tend to have more adrenaline in our bodies because the rush we receive from knowledge and pressure. Yes a RUSH!!!!. You may not realize that is what your missing after Finals, however, it is a small part of what the body has gone through to get through Finals and to the next course to get closer to graduation. Advice: keep it steady through the year, give your body that same adrenaline with the time you spend on studying, keep the chemicals from your brain balanced in your body throughout the school year to avoid harmful high stress imbalances.
2) Eating habits, OMG, if I worried about what I was eating during Finals I wouldn't have made it through. I always told myself I would fix it later, well that was harder than I thought possible. Plenty of caffeine, well it caused me to crave caffeine all times of the day. My day doesn't seem normal without it. It is almost as if I get headaches if I don't have it. Fast food, high cholesterol, lack of vitamins and dehydration. Yes, it happens and all during the most important time period of the term, Finals. Advice: eat healthy, plenty of fluids, moderation of caffeine, easy on the sodium for the high blood pressure. Try to stay away from french fries heavy with cholesterol, prepare by having miniature carrots, celery and peanut butter, orange slices, trail mix, juices and stay away from alcohol, there will be time to celebrate after Finals grades are in and do that in moderation.
3) Our Syllabus, most important tool to help with the high stress of Finals. I selected classes that weighted the Midterm and Finals less than other courses. I did this because I am a disabled student form a head injury and I suffer from Amnesia and Insomnia. I didn't use the disabled student services because I wanted to be equal to my colleagues, however, I found this very helpful for those of us that don't test very well for whatever reason. Check out the syllabus by contacting the professors "office hours" to see if there is possibly 30 % of the grade weighted on the Final instead of 50% or even 45%. Some professors even give you 5% for attendance and participation. Now when you don't test well and you end up with a 68% because the Midterm and Final combined are 85% weight of the grade that 5% for participation/ attendance sure does help. Then another 10% for homework pulls the grade up. What does all this mean. The syllabus is important to analyze yourself, which classes are you doing better in? What is the weight on projects, labs, homework, field trips, testing, quizzes, participation, attendance, and presentations? If you do this early on you will see certain professors design the syllabus to help us. We may hear a students that tests high say " Oh easy A" because it a high weight on the midterm and final and there are several quizzes. It isn't because the professor is being hard or easy on anyone. The professor just believes that testing shows a level of retention of the subject matter. I for one am a Researcher so I think I can always look it up when I need it. Advice:Figure out why some classes your doing better than others it may be the study guide that certain professors use. Review the syllabus before enrolling, contact the professor directly.
4)Using the withdrawal before failure or academic probation! Use It! Because if you don't that Failure or a D will pull down your GPA, you will get one chance to repeat the course to bring the grade up. Reserve that for later! It is ok to take time off from a course or area of study. Some courses need more attention than others and some are more difficult than others. Advice: Don't wait to open the book and see what the reading material is like. It may be written in a way that you will have to spend more time learning it. Yes, these things happen.The textbook is a big part of the course. Get into a study group to avoid boredom in study time ( if possible). It only takes about 30 to 45 minutes before leaving campus or between courses. Consider the pressure factors on the one course if it is going to make you do worse int he other courses because your pulling yourself down in all courses not just the one. Withdraw take it later! Do better int he other courses, higher GPA.
Awareness is Key! Remember knowing is half the battle. If you know these things are happening to you and there are solutions apply them and prepare before Finals! Study smarter not harder.