By Dr. Eileen Wirth
I woke up yesterday in terror from my nightmare: I was headed to a philosophy final knowing NOTHING about the material. Fortunately the clock said 4 a.m. – only a dream.
But for some of you this scenario could be real as you struggle through Dead Week and finals. Your goal: survival.
Dead Week at Creighton is something of a mystery. Professors aren’t supposed to give exams but most students are frantically finishing papers and projects. Theoretically you are supposed to have time to prepare for finals.This can be tough but TRY to at least get organized for them.
Every professor can tell stories about students who missed finals because they got the date or time mixed up. It’s easy enough to do so go to the Registrar’s website now to make a chart of when you have exams. If you have three or more tests on the same day, some professors will allow you to take a final on another day, especially if they teach other sections of the course. It’s worth asking.
Make a study schedule that is weighted towards your hardest classes but prepares you for everything. A student who got the lowest grade EVER on one of mine (less than 10%) told me he had devoted all of his time to another course. Ooops!
Find study buddies– not necessarily your best friends – but students who are doing well enough in a troublesome course to help explain difficult material. Buying coffee for the quiet genius sitting in front of you might pay off if she’s willing to share some of her valuable time.
Finally take care of yourself: get at least four or five hours of sleep every night during finals, take breaks to exercise and clear your mind then eat breakfast on the mornings you have tests to increase your stamina and alertness.
We’re all rooting for you to do well so you will return in January happy and excited to begin a new semester. After the ordeal, head home to a safe and blessed Christmas. It’s almost here!!!!!