As our semester comes to an end, all of our stress levels go WAY up. How are you handling finals week? This one week can “make or break” a semester, so here are some easy to remember tips to help get you through the dreaded finals week.

Create a game plan:

  • By using a planner or some kind of scheduling tool, you can carefully plan out when you will study for each subject. Allow enough time for each subject and more time for the more difficult ones. Your cell phone apps,calendars, and your Outlook calendar are great tools as well.

Don’t forget breakfast:

  • Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It energizes your body and helps you focus better. Make sure you eat a good breakfast on test and study days so that you are ready to focus and get down to business.

Get a good night’s sleep:

  • Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. A good night’s sleep will make your body and mind feel rested. It will also help you focus and perform better while studying. “All nighters” are not good for your body and will hurt you rather than help you.

Work-out the stress:

  • With the amount of stress that comes with finals week, you will need some kind of outlet to relieve the stress. Exercise is a great tool when it comes to relieving stress. It releases endorphins in your brain and makes you feel good. Schedule some time to go for a run, play some sports, hit up the Rec center, or any way you want to exercise. It will make you feel much better about this week and you will be keeping yourself healthy.

Minimize distractions:

  • We all are guilty of hopping on Facebook or Twitter when we know we should be studying. This messes up our study time and will cause us to be more stressed in the long run. The easiest way to avoid this issue is by getting rid of the distractions. Turn off your cell phone, turn off the Wi-Fi to your laptop (if possible), and block out all social media. This will force you to keep focused on your studies.

Schedule some “YOU” time:

  • With finals week being so hectic, we often forget to take some time to just relax and not worry about things. Plan out a few times every day for “you” time. This will help you feel more relaxed and better about yourself. It may also keep you from a mental breakdown.

Finals week will be here before you know it. It’s never too early to start getting ready. Hopefully these tips will help you survive your finals week. And remember, no need to freak, it’s just a week.

Written by Andrew Ramirez, Peer Educator