Every college student gets to experience the joys of finals week at the end of each semester. Here are some important things to consider to keep yourself feeling well under the stress.
1. Don’t Procrastinate
Start studying for your finals early and review and practice different materials from each class every day leading up to the test date. This will insure that you’re prepared for the exam and will reduce stress and anxiety.
2. Get Into Rhythm
Try sticking to a schedule. Eat at the same times and study at the same times each day. Try to wake at the same time in the morning and set a consistent bedtime for yourself. This will help keep your body’s internal time clock in check and will help you feel ready to face each day.
3. Get Sleep!
As tempting as it is to stay up and milk every hour to study, you need to be well rested! You don’t want to be taking your exams while you’re feeling groggy or sleepy. Try to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night so you can wake up feeling energized and determined to rock the college grind.
4. Eat Well
An unhealthy diet can make your body feel lethargic and lazy. Make sure you’re eating a variety of fruits and veggies and protein. Pick up a salad for lunch, or snack on some grapes. Try to balance your meals and proportions as best as you can. You should begin incorporating a healthy diet into your schedule in the month leading up to your exams if you don’t already stick to healthy eating habits. Your body will thank you for it!
5. Get Moving
Exercise is essential for blowing off steam and reducing stress. I’m not saying you have to take a trip to the gym if that’s not something you normally do, but you could always take some short study breaks to walk around campus.
Get all of your old notes together that you’ll need to study. Use your notes and other materials to make your study guide. Use some different colors while filling in your study guide to categorize different concepts, facts, and vocabulary. Have your book with you and bookmark the pages you need to review. Have your professors Power Points from lectures pulled up if they’re available. Being organized will make for more effective, more efficient study time.
7. Talk To Your Professors
If you haven’t already (which you should throughout the school year) Go to your professors office hours or make appointments to meet up with them. During your meetings, go over any materials or concepts that aren’t quite clear. This is great for cramming any information that you may have missed before, and many professors will even give you their best study tips.
8. Don’t Overdo It
Take some time to relax and have fun! Spend an evening or two with your friends. Sing along to some of your favorite songs. Get creative with your writing or do something crafty. Take time to focus on YOU. You’ve worked hard all semester, you deserve it!
Good luck on your finals, friends! I hope you can make great use of these tips. Keep it together and you’ll do great.