When My Instructor Assigns a Course Reflection After Giving Out the Cumulative Final Exam Review Sheet
After it’s All Over
The writing process is a strange thing. What do you think of when you hear “the writing process?”
Maybe something like Prewriting -> Writing -> Revision? How about First draft -> Revision -> Final draft? Or maybe you think about it in terms of steps. Like, you do research, then outlining, then writing, then adding citations?
These are all fine. The important thing is knowing what kind of process works for you. But equally important, and rarely considered, are the parts of the writing process that actually have nothing to do with you writing something. Have you ever been stumped on a project or idea of some kind, and then BAM! An idea comes to you at the most random time? Like, just before you go to bed, or while you’re out with friends, or upon your first mouthful of mac and cheese?
That’s because your brain never really shuts off from the things you need it to do. The temptation, especially as finals week approaches, is to force yourself to sit down and make work come out of you. But sometimes, just plain and simply, you just cannot focus. For whatever reason, it’s the wrong time to be doing this. Forcing yourself to work late into the night might seem like you’re being diligent, but it might not actually help you get things done.
Sometimes, you have to know when to take some time. If you’re sitting there, staring at a blank screen, and nothing is coming out of your head, staring at it longer probably won’t help. What might help is giving yourself a break. Play a game. Call a friend. Get some food. Chill on Facebook. Watch an episode or two of Breaking Bad. Whatever you want. Continue reading “Surviving Finals Week: Keeping Focused, and Letting Loose”
I have found that slow study music encourages napping and fast study music causes anxiety. Therefore, I have compiled a playlist that matches the pace at which I work. The tempo of the songs I have chosen is fast enough to keep me motivated, but slow enough to allow for deep concentration. I, also, have an extremely broad taste in music. Since I listen to everything from reggae to country, my playlist contains selections from a variety of genres. Consider this playlist a reflection of my study habits and a peek into my library cubicle.
By: Katie Murray, Social Media Coordinator
This playlist is a combination of music to listen to while studying for finals, and to celebrate with when they are over. One part Elton John, a little house music, and Sea Wolf and Fleet Foxes to top it all off. Explaining why the artist range is so broad would be impossible, but that is probably why it is the perfect Finals Week playlist. Just like finals, my song choices don’t have to make sense!
For your finals, remember to relax and listen to music, before you curl up in a ball and cry. I have created a Spotify playlist that will encompass all of your emotions during finals week, like “I can do this,” “everyone has finals,” “I hate everyone,” “whatever happens, happens,” and “I’m so glad that’s over.” Enjoy!
When I am studying or writing papers for finals, I often prefer to listen to music with a fast tempo, which keeps me productive and focused on my work. As such, this playlist includes songs with high tempos and rhythms that keep my toes tapping and my energy high. In addition, it seems to make time move more quickly, so not only do I get a lot of work done, it means I’m even closer to winter break.
Many of the songs in this playlist are from (unfortunately) less popular, alternative-genre artists, but I’ve thrown in a bit of everything, from pop and dance to hip-hop and blues. Hopefully you aren’t “Up All Night” trying to cram, but if so, I hope that the music included here helps you to accomplish your studying goals and meet your deadlines.
Good luck with your studies!
Okay, folks. This is it. It’s almost the end–the final stretch. Finals can be rough. REAL rough. Many of you will likely pull an all-nighter. A few of you will probably sleep through a final because you stayed up too late studying for it. Womp womp. But, hey, that’s finals. A week or more of stress, cramming, anxiety, and a whole lot of thinking. Some of you will starve yourselves because you’re so anxious about that Orgo final (don’t do that, it’s unhealthier). Or some of you will be like me and switch to a diet that consists entirely of fatty food that comes to you (don’t do that either). You might discover that the guys at Jimmy John’s already know what you order when they start making your sandwich when you walk in (this is my life).
We all have different ways of dealing with finals stress. Finding a good music playlist keeps me going. For your aural pleasure, I have created a Spotify playlist that includes some of my favorite songs, songs that motivate me, and songs that just seem appropriate for this time of year.
Some of my favorites on the list include:
-Brain Stew by Green Day
-Daylight by Matt & Kim
-Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G.
-This Head I Hold by Electric Guest
-At Last by Etta James
Best of luck on your finals!
When I have to study something really difficult I love instrumental music, especially in the classical style.
I pick the style of the music to match the type of material I am studying. If I am writing creatively, or persuasively I would listen to something of monumental sweep- here I have included Mozart’s Requiem. If I am doing something methodical, mathematics-based, programming, or logical (like writing an argument), then I listen to music that stimulates the mathematical sections of my brain- Bach. The cello suites and violin concertos can’t be beat. The Goldberg variations as played by Glenn Gould are some of my favorites.
To finish up the time I have included a delicious movement that has rich harmonies in minor keys that move forward with a hopeful and irresistible march, Beethoven’s Second movement of the 7th Symphony is a great and triumphal way to finish your study time.
I hope your studies go well!