Surviving Finals

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Probably the most stressful time for college students: finals week. Everywhere on campus you’ll find pockets of students cramming for final exams, while forgoing much-needed sleep. This is especially hard on graduating seniors, whose graduation often depends on acing those exams. You’ve just survived those final projects and presentations, now you have final exams to deal with. Oh no!

With the belief in yourself, as well as a little help from your friends and family, you will make it through this crucial stage of your college career.

  1. Pick the right study place – your bed in your dorm room is a no-no in this situation. Beds are for sleeping, not for studying. The library and student centers will likely be crowded during finals, so you might want to use these options sparingly. Try a diner or a coffee shop off campus. They’ll be less crowded, and being around regular people will help you get some temporary relief from the campus grind.
  2. Get proper nourishment – my school counselor from way back once told me, “Gallons of coffee are not the way to survive finals.” I’d like to echo that statement. Also ease up on those energy drinks and sodas. They’ll only leave you restless. Stock up on a supply of green tea, milk and fruit juices. Also, try and eat Greek yogurt, fruit and vegetables. Your body and mind will thank you.
  3. Get plenty of rest – seriously! Especially the night before an exam. You’ll retain what you have studied more with at least 8 hours of sleep. Finals week is stressful enough, which takes a beating on your immune system. Lack of sleep adds to this beating, and you don’t want to be sick at the start of summer vacation do you?
  4. Study over a period of time – I’ve never been a fan of all-nighters. In truth, they don’t do you any good and you are likely to forget most of what you study. It is better to study for an hour, then take a break. Try and do this during the course of a day, rather than staying up all night studying. You will retain the content more efficiently.
  5. Study group – It has been said that studying with others aids in getting through exam week. But don’t just study with any person from your classes. Choose ones you know are reliable and really want to succeed. Ones that simply want to earn credit are best avoided. You can recognize these characters easily. I’ve been on my own in this department, as my classmates are difficult to schedule study groups. Hopefully you will have better luck than I have.

So happy studying and may God be with you in this looming week.

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