It’s that time of year again!
Now that the Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten, students have one more hurdle to jump in order to get to Christmas: Finals season.
It’s the most dreaded time of the semester, but if you follow these tips, it’ll fly by.
Drink lots of coffee.
If you’re not a coffee drinker, drink soda. Pick something containing large amounts of caffeine. You’re going to need it when 2 am rolls around and you still have to cover three sections of chemistry and write a paper.
Study snacks are required.
Long hours of textbook reading at the library expends a ton of energy, you’ll need to replenish eventually. Carry snacks with you. You’ll be grateful for the bag of Chex Mix when your stomach starts rumbling around 10pm.
Your brain is absorbing tons of information, and eventually, it’s going to start slacking a bit. You’ll need a refresher, so step away from your studying for 10 or 20 minutes at a time. Take a walk, drive around, or chat with a friend. Otherwise, your brain is going to give up sooner than you’d like.
Hit the gym.
This is something else you can use your breaks to do. Exercise is going to help work off a lot of stress and anxiety you’ll be feeling these last two weeks of school. Going to gym or running outside is also going to give you an environment change you didn’t know you needed.
Remember to sleep (at least a little bit)!
We know that sleep isn’t at the top of most of our to-do lists during finals week, but it’s necessary. Try getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night, otherwise your brain isn’t going to be able to retain the information you’re studying.
Time management. Time management. Time management.
If we could manually drill these two words into your brain, we would. There is plenty of time to sleep, exercise, and Netflix during finals if you plan out your time. Invest in a planner and write out your finals and study schedule– you won’t regret it.
And remember, there’s always next semester.