SAU Buzz

Final(s) Advice

by Chris Frain
Posted on Nov 27, 2016

As the end of the semester nears and final exam dates draw nearer, some students may experience stress related to the looming due dates and the potential impart these exams have on their grades for the semester, and ultimately on their college careers. Other students are in a rush to finish late homework provided that their professors will accept late work this late in the semester.

It is important for students to realize if they are becoming stressed. If students are stressed, it is also important to know the dangers of stress and how to mediate it. Nancy Hines, St. Ambrose University’s nurse, notes the immediate effects of high levels of stress.

“It [stress] can increase your risk for developing a dependence on alcohol and other drugs, sleeping and eating disorders, impulsive behavior, gambling, increase use of credit cards, selfharm and violence either verbally (yelling, profanity) or physically (assault),” Hines said.

In addition to the short term effects, prolonged high levels of stress can lead to serious medical conditions later on in life.

“Persons (sic) can develop the following medical conditions associated with unresolved stress, headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression and anxiety,” Hines said.

To avoid the negative effects of stress it is important to properly identify and manage the stressful parts of life, ranging from school work to social obligations, to family matters, and then dealing with them in a proper way.

“There are various strategies that are helpful in dealing with stress; establishing a schedule to allow time for classes, study, homework, work, practices, performances and breaks to relax or spend time with friends/family, prioritizing tasks and not procrastinating, taking study breaks and getting plenty of sleep, keep a sense of humor in order to keep challenges in perspective,” Hines said.

Developing successful stress management skill can be done but it could take some time, assistance is available if students are unable to successfully de-stress themselves

In addition to managing stress, students are also trying to manage their grades as projects and assignments come due. Some students may have concerns regarding their grades in a last minute rush to solidify their final grade in a class. Students may hope to turn in assignments late, or get extra credit from professors, but they may find that they are out of luck.

“Hopefully if students were having difficulties, they talked to their professors around midterms,” Dr. Brett Billman, assistant professor of communication at SAU, said. “It’s a lot easier to help earlier on.”

Billman also suggested that any students who are currently struggling speak with their professors during their office hours, to get any extra help they need with current assignments or upcoming exams.

While none of these tips guarantee a 4.0 grade point average at the end of the semester, they may certainly help those who are struggling.