8 Tips for Surviving Finals

The countdown to winter break has officially begun and the end of the semester is right within your reach! The only thing standing between you and those four sweet weeks of rest and relaxation is the dreaded finals week. Final exams can be an exhausting and chaotic experience if you do not properly prepare yourself. You may think that all-nighters and copious amounts of Redbull and coffee will get you through the home stretch, but there are healthier and more efficient ways to study for your finals. We have put together a list of tips for you to follow to help you study and deal with the stress of final exams!

1. Rest up: Studying is important, but cannot be accomplished without a sufficient amount of energy. During the week of finals, try to get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

2. Organize a plan: Two weeks before your finals, write down your entire schedule for the upcoming weeks. Include everything such as classes, work, extracurricular activities, time for studying, etc.

3. Create a study guide: Even if your professor does not make it mandatory, study guides can help outline what you need to know.

4. Find a study buddy: Nothing is worse than not understanding the material you are studying. Seek out help from TA’s, Professors, study groups, help centers or a friend from your class.

5. Use all resources given: No one knows the exam better than the professor. If your professor gives you any resources, take advantage of them (there is a reason why they are giving it to you)!

6. Stay healthy: Be sure to eat nutrient rich meals and stay active. This will help control stress, keep your emotions stable, and raise your energy levels.

7. Don’t Cram: Studies show that cramming right before an exam wont help you do well. It is best to study in intervals; study for 20 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and repeat. This helps you retain information longer and more effectively than if you were to cram.

8. Find your study spot: Everyone has different study habits, and location plays a role in that. Find a spot where you can really hunker down and do your best work. Whether it’s in your dorm room, a coffee shop, the library, or the comfort of your bed, pick a place that works for you.

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