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December 2, 2019

Fall Semester Fatigue: Finishing Strong

When Thanksgiving comes late in the semester, do you know what that means? It means you have much less time in the Fall semester than you think you do. Right now, you might be like me thinking, “If I can just get to Thanksgiving I’ll be okay.” Well, as it happens, we are woefully mistaken. After coming back from a late semester Thanksgiving Break, there will only be one week left before finals... one week! How are we going to make it?

Here are some tips and tricks to help you make your way to the end of the semester.

  1. Make A Schedule

There is a lot coming up in a very short amount of time. Not only are there assignments big and small, there are holiday parties to go to, there is family coming to town, there is shopping to do, and travel plans to make. With so much going on it is easy for something to slip through the cracks. The best way to avoid that is to make a detailed calendar of everything you have to do and when its needs to be done. Start by going through all of your syllabi and writing your assignments down, and then add all the other things around that. Don’t forget to leave yourself time in the day to eat and sleep well or you won’t be much good to anyone.

  1. Prioritize Assignments

Some Assignments you have are worth more points than others are. It is better to spend less time on smaller assignments, even if it means losing points, as long as you are getting the bigger assignments right. It’s okay to spend less time studying for that 10 point quiz in order to spend a little more time studying for that 100 point test, or writing that paper that is going to be 25% of your grade.

  1. Say “No”

It’s the holidays, people are starting to get into the holiday spirit, and they want to celebrate with their friends. Here’s the hard truth, you may not be able to go to every ugly sweater party. It’s okay to say “no” to a few things, your friends will understand. They may even realize how much work they have to do themselves and decide to reschedule for after finals.

  1. Cut It Out

Look for things that you can cut out of your schedule for a short time. There are only three weeks left in the semester, so you can always come back to it in the spring.

  1. Do Not Waste Your Thanksgiving Break

Enjoy Thanksgiving, get some rest, and eat some delicious food, catch-up with family and friends. However, carve out at least one afternoon and do some homework. Papers and projects will all be due the week you come back, so you do not want to come back and feel like you cannot finish everything that is due that week.

-Katharyne Reitsma ‘20

If you’d like to learn more about preparation for your life’s work at biblically-based, Christ-centered Geneva College, we’d love to chat with you. For more information, please phone us at 800-847-8255 or email admissions@geneva.edu.


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