How to Survive Finals

Surviving Finals Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…FINALS! Ok, not so much, but it is one of the most important times of the year.

I know that if you’re like me you can taste the homemade cookies and smell the evergreen trees already, but we have to FOCUS! Just a few more days… and if you need that extra boost to get you through the last two weeks, I have a few tips for you on how to survive the dreaded finals week.

1.    Make sure to start studying early

Whatever you do, don’t wait until the last minute! I know that you have a lot of information to go over and the worst thing you can do is try and cram a semester worth of information into two days.

2.    Allot your time properly: PRIORITIZE

Go over your finals schedule and organize your study time for each class this week. You know which classes are harder than others and you need to plan accordingly.

 3.    Get plenty of rest

We all know that all-nighters are a favorite of the college student, but believe me, this won’t help! The most important thing to do in order to retain all of your information is to get plenty of sleep. The more rested you are the better and more efficiently your mind will work when it comes time to ace your test!

4.    Stay calm

The worst thing you can do is panic. If you prepare well enough trust yourself to know the information. Once you’re taking the test there is no going back. So trust yourself and give it all you’ve got! You will be FINE!

5.    Don’t spend all your time on Facebook and/or Twitter

I know it’s tempting but STAY AWAY! All of your friends should be studying right now too, so I know you are not missing anything – PROMISE!! My freshman year I had my roommate change my password and she wasn’t allowed to tell me until after finals was over. This may be extreme but you gotta do what you gotta do!

6.    Find some time for yourself. Do something every day that is not related to studying.

As important as it is to focus and study hard, you must find some time for yourself. Take a step back and finish your “to do” list outside of studying. This will relax you and allow you to reflect on what you have been going over.

7.    Get out of where you’re studying

This goes back to having time to yourself. Get out and get some fresh air. By the time you go back to your studying you will be refreshed and even more focused.

8.    Don’t study in your bedroom

I know so many of us have heard that you’re not supposed to study in bed, but this is true! Your mind needs to have two separate spots: one to sleep and one to study. If you confuse the two you will never get the right amount of shut-eye needed to function and you will never be able to study without dosing off…

9.    Find your “study” spot

Find that one spot where you can focus and feel comfortable at the same time. For me freshman year it was the top floor of Blanding Tower. Keep in mind that the library may not be the ideal spot. This is the number one hangout spot on campus and when it’s crunch time the last thing you need to worry about is socializing when you should be flipping the pages of your books.

I hope that these tips will help you reach your way to success!!! Good luck on all of your finals and have a wonderful break!

-Candice

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