How to Survive Finals Week

Finals are here already! I don’t know about you, but I feel like this semester flew by and I am not at all prepared for finals week. Everyone is exhausted and stressed, but I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve almost made it to the end of the semester! Here are some tips and tricks that may help you push through the burnout and ace your finals.

 

Take Breaks

If you try to study for hours at a time, you’re just going to get frustrated and distracted. Avoid spending an hour on your phone when you should be studying by working breaks into your schedule. Only work for 30 minutes or an hour at a time, then allow yourself to take a 10-minute break. This will keep you motivated and sane.

 

Write Out a Schedule

If you’re going to be studying for a long period of time, write down everything you need to do and assign a time to each task. Only do one thing at a time, and don’t plan to work for an amount of time that’s longer than your attention span.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Believe me when I say that sacrificing sleep to study makes you perform worse in the long run. Keep yourself healthy and try to get a good night’s sleep.

 

Set Realistic Goals

Don’t set your expectations too high just to beat yourself up for falling short later on. Be kind to yourself

 

Spend Time With Friends

Whether you have a study session with your friends or just have a movie night, it’s important to be around people that can help reduce your stress.

Make Study Guides by Hand

Numerous scientific studies have shown that writing your notes by hand helps you learn better than typing or reading.

 

Eat

Seriously, eat three meals a day. You cannot live on coffee and snacks for a week.

 

Study Somewhere Bright and Clean

Whether this means cleaning off your desk and using several lamps, or heading to the library, make sure you have a comfortable, motivating space to do your work.

 

Most importantly, don’t stress yourself out to the point of giving up. Take a deep breath, and take it one day at a time. If you stay organized and take frequent breaks, you should do just fine. We’re all in this together.

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