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5 ½ Ways to Finish the Semester Strong

Can we all just take a minute to pat ourselves on the back? We’ve made it this far through a really unusual, stressful semester. Hang in there – only a few weeks to go! Here are some ways to finish this crazy semester strong:

1) Check in with your professors

A quick email, text or video call will do – whatever works best for you to connect with them these days. Make sure all your grades are up to date and you’re not missing any quizzes or assignments. Let them know if you are struggling with any material. And if you’re not sure, ask them what to expect for your finals (it’s bound to be different than what’s on the syllabus – written way back before “coronavirus” was part of our vocabulary) so you know how to prepare.

2) Start prepping for finals

Find out what your finals will cover, and start preparing now. Since they’ll likely be administered differently than what you’ve experienced in past semesters, the more comfortable you are with the material, the smoother your finals will go.

3) Get a study buddy or two

#Alonetogether, right? Reach out to a classmate or two and set up some times to meet and help each other finish the semester strong. Zoom or Google Hangouts Meet are two great options for virtual study groups. Slack or Discord would be great for ongoing conversations to cheer each other on through these last few weeks.

4) Use Boise State’s virtual academic resources

Even though we’ve all left campus, there’s still a lot of academic help available in these last few weeks. The Math Learning Center, the Writing Center and learning assistants for a number of classes have all moved online. These online tutoring services can help you finish strong.

5) Take care of yourself

It’s been quite a disruptive few weeks for everyone. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself in all of this. Take breaks to check in with your friends and family, get some fresh air, get plenty of sleep, and you can always reach out to Counseling Services if you need someone to talk to. Remember we’re all in this together.

5 ½) Get your music fix with University Pulse’s virtual concert series

The Pulse is hosting live digital concerts through the rest of the semester. Cosmic Flower is up on April 16.