It’s that time of the semester: finals are here. For anyone who’s been spending time on a study abroad experience, this also means that there are a limited number of opportunities to take a weekend trip and explore more of your destination or a nearby country. Luckily, it is possible to make the best of both worlds. Here’s how to ace your finals without missing out on these precious last moments abroad.
A few weeks out, book your trips and plan your study schedule.
You might not need to start studying yet, but simply having everything planned out in writing can take a huge proverbial weight off your shoulders. If you haven’t already, buy a planner and write out a general plan for what material you want to study and when. Add in your trips, and there you go—planning it out is half the battle.
Book your tickets when necessary and get your review materials ready.
How far in advance you need to book tickets can vary depending on where you’re going and the method of transportation you plan to take to get there, so take these things into account when planning your trip. This is also a good time to start preparing any review materials you might need (for example, flash cards) so that you’re not rushing to make them at the last minute.
Keep studying, but enjoy your last few days in your host country.
After returning from your trip, you’ll probably only have a short amount of time left before finals. Try to balance out enjoying your remaining time abroad with studying—a good way to do this is by looking for a fun new study spot in your host city. Seek out a new coffee shop or park and aim to spend a few hours getting work done there in the afternoon. Leave your evenings free to enjoy nights on the town with your friends.
Read the full post on The College Tourist here.