Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tips For Surviving Finals!

Finals are upon us! My finals week starts tomorrow but I don't have finals until Thursday, which gives me plenty of time to procrastinate with a blog post!

Click below the cut for some helpful study/survival tips!

1.  Don't freakout.  This might seem like a no brainer but you would be surprised how many people start freaking out about their finals.  I used to try to be sympathetic but I've gotten to the point where I view all of this as a waste of time. I tell it like it is and remind them that freaking out is what's going to cause them to fail.

2.  Know your schedule.  Know exactly what you need to do an exactly how long it will take in order to provide you time for the basics like sleeping and eating and maybe showering but that's only if you feel like you're a distraction to your fellow classmates (dry shampoo ladies, dry shampoo!)  If you have a crazy finals schedule you'll be so glad you planned everything out so nothing comes as a surprise.

3.  Talk to your teachers.  You have no idea how beneficial it is to meet with your teachers ahead of time to discuss your final test/paper. It shows them that you care about your grade and also gives you the opportunity to get direct feedback from them as well as some extra help.

4.  Motivation! Try to stay as positive as possible during finals week.  My roommate is one of the most negative people I know (bless her heart) and is terrible at this.  Her negativity just stresses her out more which as I said before is not good! Keep motivational quotes around your room or taped to your book, anything that you know will keep your spirits high!

5.  Find a study spot.  For me this is in the library posted up at one of the computers surrounded by people.  I can't study completely alone where it is totally silent. I need people around! Find whatever works for you so that you can focus. 

6.  Let people know you're becoming a hermit.  This is beneficial for two reasons: 1) people will excuse your crankiness and chalk that up to lack of sleep or an exuberant amount of stress and 2) hopefully that will keep the distractions at bay. It's nice that your mom likes to call and tell you about that funny thing your dog did today (Charlie apparently turned on the dishwasher) but that can all wait until after you're able to rejoin society.

7.  One step at a time.  Don't obsess over the huge final you have Friday morning at 8am when you know you have 2 other finals that are equally important earlier in the week.  Try studying for one subject at a time and then taking a break and moving onto a different class.  Trying to study for everything at one time will not workout to well for you.

8.  Energy Drinks! Stock up just in case there is a shortage on campus.  If you plan on pulling all nighters or you just need a little pep in your step halfway through the day then this will become your best friend.  I personally don't like energy drinks so I stick to coffee.  Whatever your poison, make sure you have a lot of it on hand.

9.  Take a break.  Do at least one non-study related thing a day.  Whether this is going to the gym, watching TV for an hour, reading a book for pleasure or even cleaning it can do you and your brain a world of good.  

10. Resist the urge to think about winter break.  I know it can be tempting to think about what life will be like at the end of the semester but you should only focus on your immediate future and making it through this week.  It's super distracting to think about what kind of pie Aunt Sue is going to bring to dinner when you have a 15 page paper due in 2 hours and your only on page 3.

Hopefully these little tips helped! Good luck on finals and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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