Studying for finals sneaks up on college students before we know it and it is considered by most to be the most stressful time of the year. Since many schools, like Georgia Southern, compress all finals into one single week this week is a recipe for stress and acquiring unhealthy habits.
Here are some tips for success while studying for your final exams:
- Plan Ahead. Schedule the dates and times your exams take place. Make sure you know what exams you need to spend more time on, and which ones can be placed on the back burner. Procrastination is not going to be your friend finals week and will cause unnecessary stress and potentially set you up for failure. Begin studying for your first or maybe your hardest final, now.
- Get some sleep. Prioritizing sleep will only make you more successful during exam week. Well-rested students are more likely to be alert and relaxed when it comes to taking tests than those who pull an all-nighter. All-nighters are never a good idea as it exhausts you and cramming for an exam can reduce the amount of information you retain.
- Stay Active. As Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphinsmake you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands (fail their exams).” Exercise is the best stress reliever. Get your 30 minutes in at the RAC at whatever time works best for you to clear your thoughts so you can get back to studying with a clear head.
- Eat Well. Skip the sugar and go for nutritious snacks that will prevent you from crashing. Stick to nuts, fruits, and fresh veggies when planning a snack to take to the library – your blood sugar and future good grades will thank you.
- Unplug from Social Media. Eliminate distractions will help you focus on studying. You heard me. Why are you checking your Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? Don’t worry it’s the internet it will be there when you’re done studying until forever.