It’s almost that time of the semester… FINALS. This means Starbucks, Red Bull, and Monster sales are about to go up. It’s the time of anxiety attacks, sleep deprivation, and junk food. It’s also the time everyone decides to become religious on the way to class… “God, I will do anything for You if you help me pass this class!”
So, how can you survive finals? Is there any hope? You may not be a Christian, but the Bible has a lot of practical wisdom relevant for both the Christian and non-Christian. Here are three ways to help you survive finals.
1) Find a plan and stick to it
Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
If you’re the kind of person who flies by the seat of your pants, wings it, and comes out with an A or B, count yourself blessed! But remember, when you fly by the seat of pants, you risk losing your pants. One of best things you can do going into finals is find a plan and stick to it. Take a look at your schedule and plan short study-sessions leading up to finals. Mark these on your calendar. Find a system that works for you and stick to it! If you’re not sure where to start, ask your professor or a smart classmate for some study-planning tips.
2) Don’t procrastinate
Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise…
Arguably, the greatest grade killer is… procrastination. If we are honest, we’ve all done it (and still do it). If you can prevent yourself from procrastinating, you might not just survive finals, you may discover that you’re actually that student that breaks the curve. One of the greatest ways to prevent procrastination is what we have already discussed – find a plan. If you start studying now opposed to the night before each final, you might do really well AND you might even remember what you learn (miracles do happen!).
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Earlier we joked about praying on your way to class, but we’re actually serious about this. You may disagree, but just hear us out. We believe the God of the Bible desires to have a relationship with people. The Bible teaches us to look to Him for help and strength. We are called to trust Him and lean on Him. God wants us to pray to Him (not just during finals). He wants us to trust Him. Prayer focuses our minds on what really matters. Prayer helps us back off of the ledge of anxiety and stress!
If you do these three things, we believe you’ll survive finals. We can't promise it will lead to all A's, but we think they will help you. If they do help you, let us know and share these with a friend!