It is the last two weeks of school. With midterms behind you, you need to keep up with your courses as well as make time for lengthy projects and more. Here are a few tips I have used throughout my years of study to keep me on track before final exams.
Prioritize Your Projects
- November is when group projects pile up for all of your courses. Some may be worth 5% while others may be worth 30% or higher. Now is when you must be strategic and prioritize your projects based on their weight and difficulty. Aim to tackle the large group projects first and set deadlines for what you want to accomplish for each week. For example, if a project has 4 parts, aim to finish at least 2 parts for each week with your group.
- Similarly, aim to finish easier and less time consuming projects early on so you can focus more of your energy on more time consuming projects.
- Use the Ryerson Library Assignment Calculator to break your group project (or any other assignment) into manageable pieces.
Start Studying for Finals Now
- By now you should have already seen your Exam Schedule. If you are lucky, you will have a few days to study before your first exam, for others you might have your first exam the day after the last day of classes. When are you supposed to study?! The answer is now. After learning the material for each week, aim to make concept maps and summary charts from which you can study for the final exam. Continue to review them every week alongside the new material you have learned. It may seem like a lot of work, but it will reduce the need for late night cramming before your first exam.
- It is also important to accurately estimate the amount of time you need to study for exams. The rule of thumb is that you multiply the amount of time you think you will need to study by 1.5. That will leave room for breaks and it also accounts for when your efficiency decreases as the time goes on.
Use the GPA Calculator to Gauge your Performance in a Course
- The GPA calculator is an excellent tool for planning your grades. Use the GPA calculator to see where you stand in your courses and what grade you need to get on the final to achieve the mark you would like. This will also show you which courses you need to study for more given the grade you need for the final.
- As a 3rd year student I have finally accepted one of the realities about university: you will never be 100% caught up 100% of the time. It’s important to put your mental and physical well-being first. Going into December, remember to give yourself breaks, whether by going to the gym, taking a nap or even studying with friends. After taking a break, you will feel refreshed and more motivated to get work done. Keep a balance and always put your health first.