Getting Through Finals: Try Time Management That Works Because You Commit to It

If you’re seeking strategies for making it through final exams, you may want to spend some time this weekend (and then every Sunday until the semester is over) to develop a very specific weekly calendar and schedule each hour (or half hour) to include lectures, labs, work, extracurricular activities, social time, intense study sessions, grocery shopping, laundry and sleep time — just about everything you do. These calendar items are appointments you commit to keeping.

This calendar should include sessions of intense self-testing/study time for each class of the day and preparation for upcoming exams. Writing notes verbatim or passively reading notes or viewing presentation slides are the opposite of intense study/self-testing.

sample planned student calendar

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