It’s the time where your semester grades all come down to the wire. All the pressure can cause some to focus and some to fold. You may guess that the most successful people in the world are those who focus when the pressure comes down. One final exam is nothing but a blip on your life’s timeline, but nonetheless here are a couple things to keep in mind before you embark on this stress ridden week of late nights and caffeine.

1. Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing

The easiest way to ace a test (or complete any task) is to find the value in it. Virtually every subject can be interesting. Try reading the textbook as if it were an actual book, and you may be surprised by how fascinating the stuff you learn here is.

dream_big_by_deviant_freshness-d4ejr0q2. Mental health comes first

This can’t be stressed enough! All this anxiety can take a serious toll on your well-being, which is critical for doing your best on assignments. Take advantage of some of campus’s features in the counseling centers or UREC’s yoga – learn to be mindful and focused. This tip can make all the difference.

3. Don’t lose your vision

Know that you’re future is created by what you do today – spending the extra time in the library to focus on your work, spending an hour exercising rather than napping or Netflix (ambitious), or dedicating an early morning to build a stronger resume to apply for that dream job. If you work twice as hard as your peers, you’ll get as much done in 6 months as they will in a year.

4. Positivity + optimism = unrelenting success

Lastly, having some cheer and positive enthusiasm for your work is paramount for a happy and prosperous life. There are plenty of ways to increase your positivity and self-esteem, but the most important thing to do is to start with creating a positive image of yourself and recognize how much you can actually do when you put your mind to it!

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Now ace those finals.

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