There are few other word pairs that invoke as much anxiety in the hearts of college students as these: “finals week.” Filled with late nights in the library, hours of flashcard flipping, and of course numerous coffee refills, finals week is undoubtedly the toughest part of the semester.
While finals week can seem scary and overwhelming, the good news is that it’s just that — one week. In other words, this is a small window of your life in the grand scheme of things. And if you get into a positive and motivated mindset, you can make this week work to your advantage, helping you to ace your final exams.
Here are three quotes from some inspirational people that can help get you through finals week:
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
Retired basketball star and owner/chairman of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan is never at a loss for uplifting words and phrases. This may be a result of some of the obstacles he’s overcome in his life to become one of the best basketball players of all time, as well as a successful businessman. For instance, did you know that Jordan initially didn’t make his high school basketball team?
During finals week, this quote from Jordan can be a great motivator to study instead of slack off. You may feel nervous about not doing well on your exams, but if you let your nerves get the best of you and give up, you’ll never know if you could have succeeded.
“The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein
German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein is famous for his invention of the general theory of relativity, one of the two foundations of modern physics. He’s a Nobel Prize winner best known for his creation of the mass-energy equivalence formula E=mc2 (maybe you’ve heard of it). Given his fame, you may be surprised to learn Einstein did struggle in some subjects when attending primary and secondary school—in fact, it is said that he did not speak until age four and couldn’t read until age seven.
Just when studying for finals is getting tedious and monotonous, Einstein’s quote is a good motivator to keep on keeping on—and not to skimp when it comes to the quality of your work. Remember that good studying goes beyond rote memorization of facts: To truly know is to understand. So, make sure you know the connections between the materials you’re studying for your exams.
“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. But she herself is well known for her work as an American politician, activist, and diplomat. Many consider her one of the most inspirational and influential women of all-time.
Doing well on your finals requires good planning and diligent studying. Solely wishing to do well will get you nowhere (unless you’re extremely lucky and manage to guess correctly on your exams!). During finals week, keep in mind the words of Roosevelt. Be sure to plan out your studying so you get the good grades you’ve been working so hard toward all semester long.