Finals. While we look onto the joys of winter break, it is incredibly hard to look past the fear of final exams! This year, I had final exams for:
- Organic and Biochemistry
- Medical Ethics
- Statistics for Health Sciences
I had to complete a Head-to-Toe practicum for my Health Assessment course, and I had two final papers for Sociology of Health, Wellness and Medicine and Technology and Informatics.
So how did I do it?
I retained my goal of all A's (still waiting on those results!), by focusing on one course at a time, and time managing the best I could. For instance, during Thanksgiving Break, I took the initiative to write both of my papers for Sociology of Health, Wellness and Medicine and Technology and Informatics papers. I worked 60 hours at my place of employment and took every spare moment in between to work on this coursework. I knew if I did this, I would be able to take the remaining two weeks to focus on my other courses- which proved to be incredibly beneficial in the long run. It may not sound fun to do homework over break, but trust me- it is so worth it. Avoiding the stress that is inevitable during this time can make your life 10x easier.
As for my other assignments, I prepared slightly differently. For Medical Ethics, my professor gave us a list of eight questions, six of which would be on the final exam. All of the questions came from various articles in our text and from class lectures. I prepared and practiced my answers to these questions several times to be prepared, which was helpful. I received the score on my exam just yesterday morning, and I received a 94%! I am glad that my preparations paid off!
For Organic and Biochemistry, I paired alongside several of my awesome friends in the class, and we developed a killer study group! We spent several days together, spending at least four hours every day quizzing each other, reviewing concepts and coming up with questions for our professor to better enhance our understanding. While this was time-consuming, and we haven't gotten the results back yet, I am hopeful that it worked to our benefit. For certain classes, study groups are phenomenal! They allow you to interact with students of similar strengths with an end goal of enhancing the overall understanding- I would recommend forming them ASAP!!
Lastly, I was able to review past homework assignments, quizzes, and tests for my Statistics for Health Sciences exam. For this course, I learned more on an independent basis, so I did not form a study group for this course! Whether or not you opt to form study groups is entirely dependent on your learning style and your personality- don't feel pressured to make a study group just because your friends are, if it is not the way you learn best, it is simply not worth your time, which is nothing to be ashamed of!
Finals can be stressful. Don't be afraid to take time for yourself to decompress, regroup and relax. Finals will be over before you know it, but it's SO important to give it your all for the time being! Best of luck!!