Well, it has arrived. Those dreaded five days that come with many sleepless nights, phone calls to mom, cups of coffee, and (maybe) even tears. Finals week is here, Penn State, and the only way to get through this stressful week is to face it head on. So, before you spend the next five days locked up in the library, procrastinate a little longer and educate yourself. Here are six things you can do that might help make this week a little less painful:
Now, I’m right there with you when I say that the absolute last thing I want to do after a day of studying is to lace up my sneakers and go run on the treadmill. But, I also know that it has been clinically proven that exercise stimulates your brain, reduces stress and gives you energy (and it’s a lot healthier than downing that sixth cup of coffee). Take 20 minutes out of your day to go for a jog or do some sit-ups. It will help relieve your stress, and hey, bikini season will be here before you know it.
2. Fresh Air
I know what you’re thinking, “How is fresh air going to help me survive this week from hell?” But seriously, think about what would make you happier: studying in the rare State College sunshine on Old Main lawn or a table outside the Creamery or studying in the stacks where you’re squinting to read your textbook at a dimly-lit desk and wondering if the musty smell in the air is coming from you or the shelves of books that haven’t been touched for 40 years. I think the answer is obvious here.
3. Netflix Breaks
I know it’s impossible to pass all my exams and still binge watch every episode of The Office in existence (a girl can dream, right?), but I have found that it’s helpful to take short breaks in between studying for different classes. Some shows on Netflix are only 20 minutes long (The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, New Girl), and this is the perfect time to give your brain a rest without totally losing your focus.
4. Make a Study Playlist
Need that motivation or pump-up song? Trying to calm your nerves with a little classical piano? Wishing for the days of summer with that new country album? Find the music that you like to study to and make a playlist that includes all of your favorite songs. It makes studying at least a little more enjoyable. Need some suggestions?
5. Study With A Good Friend
Studying in groups can be really helpful, especially if you have friends who are studying for the same classes you are. That being said, don’t pick the friend that literally can’t stop talking (we all have one). Pick the friend who can focus, tells you to get off Facebook when you’re procrastinating and helps you answer questions when you’re confused. We all have that studious friend who’s a positive influence when it comes down to it.
6. Daily reminder: your life won’t end because of a bad grade
Even though we all know it, it’s still nice to hear it every once in a while. You are not your failures or mistakes. One bad exam grade is not the end-all for your future. Do your best and study hard, but don’t forget about your long-term goals too.