How to End the School Year Strong

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:46 Written by  Diamond C. Latchison

With the 2011-2012 school year coming to a close, students are now at the point of starting final projects and studying for final exams. For those students who have jobs and are involved in organizations, the end of the semester to-do list can resemble more of a four-page letter than an actual list. Around this time of the year, some people either push to get work that needs to be done finished or have a case of “senioritis,” not wanting to do anything until the last minute, which is never a good idea. To help make your last month a little bit simpler, here are five tips to keep from falling into the pits of “senioritis.”

1. Write down every assignment that is needed for each class you have. I think it makes things seem less overwhelming when you write down assignments. If you do, then you know how much needs to be done and the appropriate deadlines. Using a calendar is helpful and no one ever died from being organized.

2. If you have a job take some time off. I’m sure your manager will understand because most of them know what it’s like to be a college student and to study for finals. There’s a time for everything, but education comes first. You didn’t spend money on tuition for nothing.

3. Take as many notes you can for the final and then turn them into flashcards or a game. For students who learn visually, taking notes then having to read them over and over again can be a drag. So your best bet is to make flashcards or a game like Jeopardy. Not only are you studying, but you’re having fun, too. You can do this for each class you have or just the class that you’re having trouble with. Also, if you decide to do flashcards, get flashcards in neon colors. These colors will pop!. It will draw attention to your eyes and help you focus. Also, you can’t go wrong with Jeopardy or Monopoly, especially when you add prizes to the mix.

4. Study with a group of friends. They can help you with information you’re having trouble with and also you’ll be helping them out, too. Plus, you’ll be having fun while studying. Just remember the keyword: STUDY!!! No “lollygagging.”

STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!! Study as often as you can, but also know when to give you and your brain a break. Happy Studying!!

Photography by GMO Photo Editor Billy Montgomery

Diamond C. Latchison

Diamond C. Latchison

Diamond C. Latchison, an intern at GMO, attends school at Columbia College Chicago. She majors in magazine journalism with a minor in creative nonfiction writing. In her spare time, the St. Louis-native enjoys writing stories and poetry and reading books and magazines.

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