All Colleges Should NOT Have Classes The Week Before Finals

All Colleges Should NOT Have Classes The Week Before Finals

Going to class the week before takes up time I could be dedicating to finishing projects and studying.


Even though this is my third semester as an undergrad, making time to study does not get any easier. By this point, most of us had already had our finals and are enjoying our Christmas break. The week before finals this year caused me to pull almost all-nighters and get the least amount of sleep as possible.

The week before finals, for all colleges, should be no classes so we study and finish up projects without having to find time in between classes to study. How am I expected to get 8 hours of sleep, study for finals, do last minute projects AND go to class? It's almost impossible.

I know some of the Big Ten schools offer days with no classes before finals so students can focus on studying, and honestly, that is such a better way to go about it than having classes the week before finals.

The way we all go about studying with finals is not healthy. I at most, get four maybe 5-6 hours a night during the month of finals. There's just so much material to focus on and many papers and projects to do with not enough time in the world.

And then you have those professors who make the papers or projects due on the same day of the final. I don't mind it because it's more time to focus and perfect it. But, I wish more professors would make it due the last day of class so then come finals week or the week before, you don't have to worry about extra things to divide your time with.

The time I spend in class the week before finals are the time I could have to study and work on things. Trying to scramble and find time between classes to study is difficult. Like, I need to rest at some point and relax but it's so hard because you have this time between classes you can use to study.

Or the reason I purposely get less sleep during finals month is that that time sleeping is time I can be studying in since I don't have the time during the day due to classes.

And I know I'm not the only one. So many college students adapt unhealthy habits during final times and something needs to be fixed. I get it that professors expect a lot out of us and I understand that. But when students are barely sleeping and filled with stress and anxiety to the point of tears, something is messed up.

There is not enough time to attend classes, study for each class, eat and sleep and relax the week before finals. All colleges need a week or at least 5 days before finals week with no classes so students can focus on performing their best in each class on the final exams.

Let's be honest, if we had a week dedicated to no class and just prep for finals, everyone's grades would be fantastic.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Studying the LSAT and Working Full Time

How to make room for advancing your future while maintaining the present.


Working full time and studying for the LSAT proves a delicate tightrope that many people grapple to tread. If you find yourself in such a situation, then some good news is on the horizon as many have juggled the requirements of both aspects seamlessly in the past. Today we take a look at what these individuals did and how you too can effectively balance the scales without leaning too much to one side or the other.

Starting early

Having a full-time job leaves little morsels of time to work with and often the best approach entails beginning early so that the collective total makes up constructive study hours in the long run. As a general rule of thumb for the working class, start a minimum of 4 but preferably 6 months to the date of the test. Science dictates that there are half a dozen intellectual and quality hours per day and with a demanding job breathing down your neck, you can only set aside about a third of that for productive LSAT test prep. With 3 months being the measure of ideal study time for a full-time student, you'll need double that period to be sufficiently up to par.

Maximizing your mornings

Studying in the evenings after a grueling and intellectually draining day at work is as good as reading blank textbooks. It's highly unlikely you'll be able to grasp complex concepts at this time, so start your mornings early so that you can devote this extra time when you are at your mental pinnacle to unraveling especially challenging topics. Evening study times should only be for refresher LSAT prep or going through light subject matters requiring little intellectual initiative. For those who hit their stride at night, take some time to unwind and complete your chores before getting down to business well before bedtime.

Taking some time off

All work and no play does indeed make Jack a dull boy and going back and forth between work and study is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. So take some time off of work every now and then, preferably during weekdays- you can ask for a day off every fortnight or so- as weekends are a prime study period free of work obligations. Such breaks reduce fatigue, better study performance and increase the capacity for information retention.

Prioritizing study

Given the scarce oasis of free time in your busy schedule, you cannot afford to miss even a single session and this commitment is important in spreading out the burden so that it is not overwhelming as you approach the finish line. Be sure to have a clear schedule in place and even set reminders/alarms to help enforce your timetable. If it's unavoidable to miss a single session, set aside a makeup as soon as possible.

Last but not least, have a strong finish. Once you are approaching the home run i.e. about 2 or 3 weeks to the test, take this time off to shift your focus solely to the test. The last month can make or break your LSAT test prep and it'll be hard to concentrate on working whilst focusing completely on the test.

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