Don’t let finals week sneak up on you.  It’s officially one week away!  Prepare for countdown with these tips to make your study time run smoothly.

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Schedule Your Studies
Take some time now to block out your schedule and make room for study time—the earlier the better!  Refer to your school and work schedules to block out that time as well so you know when you have time to study, rest, and do your extracurricular activities.  Use either a planner or an online service like Google Calendar, the Calendar app on your Mac, or Microsoft Outlook to plug in your schedule and sync it across all your devices.

Utilize Your Resources
While it’s too late to sign up for tutoring this semester, the Learning Assistance & Resource Center in Lawrence 224 still has many great resources for you to utilize from the comfort of your own home.

  • Smarthinking is a website that offers free 24/7 tutoring in a variety of subjects ranging from math to the sciences, to Spanish.  All you have to do to sign up is follow the instructions here.
  • LARC also offers study tips on their Study Skills and FAQ pages that may be useful when you need a little extra help.
  • Don’t forget about your classmates and professors!  Your peers and teachers may be hidden gems of resources.  Try setting up a study group or contacting your professor directly for some one-on-one help!

Save Your Work
You don’t want to lose all your hard work, so don’t forget to save, and save again!  It may be a good idea to back up your work as well.  You can do this by either saving your work on a flash drive, or on an online storage site like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Take Breaks
Give your brain a break!  Instead of studying straight through for hours on end, for every hour you study, give yourself a 10-minute break to do something you enjoy.

Get 7-9 Hours of Sleep
Studies show that getting adequate REM sleep helps you retain information and boosts creative problem solving.  Getting 7-9 hours will help you make the most of your study time!

Reward Yourself
Don’t forget to reward yourself!  Sometimes we all need a little incentive to get things done.  I like rewarding myself with a celebratory meal out in West Chester, usually at Más Mexicali Cantina or Ram’s Head when I’ve completed finals.  What will you reward yourself with?

Written by April Pagliassotti, Peer Educator