Surprise! Just a couple of weeks until final exam season begins. Are you ready for them?

If you are a planner, you probably prepared for Final Exam Week the first week of the semester. Kudos to you! If you are not a planner, that’s okay; you are not alone. Many people do not plan their schedules successfully.  Before you put all your effort into planning your final exam week schedule, please consider this — it’s better to nibble than to gobble.


Thanksgiving is this week. Many of you will spend time with your family, and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together. If your family is anything like mine, once thanks and grace are said, everyone starts to pass the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, as well as the cranberry sauce.  Minimal talking occurs since everyone gobbles dinner up. Within ten to fifteen minutes, almost everyone is stuffed and feeling miserable. Immediately after dinner, most of my family seeks solitude in the living room to relax and take a nap until the football games start.

Your body experiences similar feelings of misery and exhaustion when preparing for stressful situations, like exams. Staying up all night to study for all your exams equates to gobbling Thanksgiving dinner and crashing afterward. Some of your course grades may suffer if you opt for the gobbling strategy.


Remember earlier in this post when I stated “most of my family seeks solitude . . . and a nap”?  Well, my mom does not retreat to the living room with the rest of the family. She cleans up the dinner table and puts the leftovers in plastic containers for later. She is bright and chipper. How could this be? She nibbles.  My mom tests the food throughout the day to make sure dinner will meet her expectations. When my family sits down at the table to eat dinner, my mom sits down as well and eats smaller portions. She nibbles, while the rest of the family gobbles.

When you plan your final exam week or any major project, consider breaking your activities down into smaller chunks of content and time. Use a digital or paper planner to distribute these smaller activities into your schedule.  Within your planner, designate your final exam days and times, your work schedule, and don’t forget your time for sleeping, and then incorporate optimal times for studying.  Find or start study groups to help keep you accountable to your study times.

Take a deep breath! You can handle what’s coming. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” – Colossians 2:6-7

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