Hi everyone, Madeline here. As the semester comes to an end and we inch closer and closer to summer, that only means one thing…
And with the first week of May, comes the dreaded finals week. The most important week in the college semester, where somehow it doesn’t matter how well you did the entire semester, these last and final tests determine your entire life. Do they? Of course not, but we all feel the pressure of making good grades and keeping our GPA’s high. So even when stricken with the final’s week horror, here are a few tips and tricks to keep you sane.
1) Find a good study place.
Whether you prefer the library or a hammock in Sweetheart Circle, find somewhere that makes you feel focused and less distracted. We are all guilty of “studying” in our beds while Netflix is on and letting 4 hours pass before we realize that we haven’t learned a single thing. A good study place one of the many keys to success.
2) Find a study partner or group.
Sometimes studying with someone else can help you learn and remember information better. It has been proven if you know the material well enough to teach another person it, you definitely know it and are more likely to do well on a test. It can also benefit you if you don’t understand something, someone else can help explain it to you if your professor isn’t available to discuss it.
I know pulling all nighters are the “cool” thing to do, but they actually do more harm than good. When you go to sleep, your brain takes the time to retain the information that you worked so hard to remember. Without sleep, your brain can be foggy and you will have an even harder time trying to focus and remember definitions.
4) Manage your time!
Although finals week is stressful and seems like the most important thing in your life at the moment, don’t neglect your other commitments and responsibilities. Also, don’t forget to spend a little time for yourself. We all need a break from life and school, and this is very important, especially during finals week when stressors are so high. Designate a time each day to do something you enjoy, whether that be go to the gym, cook a nice dinner, or watch an episode of your favorite TV show. When you return back to the studying your mind will be fresh and ready to study hard!
Stress is definitely a by product of finals week, and one great way to deal with these stressors of, not only finals week, but everyday life is to meditate. If you are unsure of the steps to meditate or just want some guidance, there are many different APPS you can use to guide you through it. One of my favorite apps is called Headspace.
Remember that you can do it! Finals week is just another week of school with extra tests! Stay focused. Study hard. Keep sane! And good luck!
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