Preparing for Finals Week

13 Apr

Finals week is fast approaching for trimestral schools like DLSU and CSB. While every other student from other campuses is enjoying their vacations (thanks kuya Andrew ha! HAHA), those who are part of a trimestral system still have prepare and work hard for the upcoming exams.

With this, I’d like to encourage and hopefully inspire those students who still needs to prepare well for the upcoming GRACE WEEK. Here are some tips and advices to help you ready yourself for the battle ahead. 😀


1) Do everything for the Honor of God

1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

You just can’t have any other motivation that’s better than this. This is the purest and the best motive that we can possible have. So in preparation for the finals week always remember these things:

  • You’re not doing this to win the favor of your parents
  • You’re not doing this so that people will admire you for your high grades
  • You’re not doing this because you’re afraid of what people will think of you if you fail

You prepare well for finals week for the glory and honor of God. Entering finals week, recalibrate yourself and have this vision in mind.


2) Work Hard (JUST DO IT)

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Now that you’re recalibrated to do all things for God’s glory, know this: HARD WORK HONORS GOD. God is honored every time you’re diligent, God is honored everytime you work hard in reviewing your notes, books, and the lecture of your professor. Contrast this to someone who procrastinates…that’s just the opposite. Procrastination is not honoring to God, it’s just another fancy way of saying laziness.

Just remember, everytime you feel lazy, everytime you feel like bumping off the things you need to do remember what NIKE said: JUST DO IT. No more excuses, time to start studying. 🙂

Two weeks of hard work and tiring yourself a bit is nothing compared to the grades you’ll receive after finals because you were diligent.


3) Use your time wisely

Ephesians 5:15
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

You have 2 weeks left, part of not procrastinating is using your time wisely. Don’t cram. Cramming won’t do you good, it’s always best to pace yourself for the coming weeks. Look at your schedule and commit to do the things that are important. When you cram, you will not learn anything for the long haul, it’s just short term memory. Plus, cramming is not very effective. You have to give some time for your mind to process the information that you’ve learned.

Based on my experience, preparing early and making sure you have a good night’s sleep before the day of the exam will prove valuable. Study in advance. Pace yourself. Use your time wisely.

Action Plan: Plot your schedule wisely now for the next 2 weeks. I’m sure that for some of you, you’re still not studying in advance for the exam am I right? 😀


4) Go the extra mile

Matthew 5:41
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

Have you ever heard someone before say: “I gave it my best… But my best wasn’t good enough”? Yes? It’s because the best of that person isn’t really good enough! Reality check, your university has standards that it has to uphold. A world class university will not accept a mediocre student with mediocre grades. This is the reason why the phrase: “I’ll give it my best!” is not a good phrase sometimes. The reason being: what we think of as the best doesn’t match the standards the the university set.

I’ve had students who came to me during grade consultations before saying: “Sir binigay ko best ko” etc. Well the reality is that won’t do them well if their scores did not meet the required minimum passing mark.

Here’s the key: if you’ve been giving it your best lately and sometimes you still fail certain exams, DO MORE than your best. “GO THE EXTRA MILE.” What do I mean by that? Well maybe you’ve just been allotting 30 minutes of study time (real study time) to prepare for an exam. No reason you’re failing! Go the extra mile. Study 2 hours next time (real study time). You’ll definitely see your grades improve. If by the next time your grades significantly improve to a passing mark, GO THE EXTRA MILE again. Now, from 2 hours of study time make it 4, 6, 8 and so on and so forth. I guarantee you that your grades will significantly improve.


5) Trust in the sovereignty of God

Proverbs 21:31
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.

Once you’ve done numbers 1-4. You’ve resolved to honor God, you’ve worked hard and given it your best, you’ve managed your time wisely and have gone the distance in preparing for finals week… you now leave the results up to God. You’ve done your part, the rest is up to Him.

You may be at the point where you need a score of 80% to get a passing grade. You did numbers 1-4 this 2 weeks consistently, however the results will be all up to God. Trust in Him and Trust that his grace will be sufficient for you.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

God bless in preparing for the finals week! 🙂

1 Comment

Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Life Lessons


One response to “Preparing for Finals Week

  1. Gian Carlo Mangua

    April 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Great reminders Kuya. Thanks for this!


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