The Finals Week Survival Guide

This has been such a crazy semester! With all of the snow days, it does not feel like it should be over. But it’s here- the end of the semester. Now before we can break out our flip-flops and head to the beach, we have to get through FINALS WEEK! This week is by far the most stressful week of the semester, and it can be very easy to get caught up in the frenzy. Here are some helpful tips to help survive this semester’s finals week.

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Use good study techniques. Try creating note cards with important terms and information you need to know for your exams. This will make it much easier to memorize and remember important information. Rewriting your notes can also be very helpful. It helps you remember the information if you see it multiple times. Don’t forget to take a break every hour or two of studying.

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Get some sleep. While you may think it is a good idea to stay up all night to study for an exam, it is essential to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep will help you recall the material, and you will be able to stay awake during your exam- improving your chances for success.

Try to schedule in some “me” time. It is important to take breaks from studying. Try to do something for yourself like exercising or some other stress relieving activity like listening to music, reading, or hanging out with a friend.

Try to eliminate distractions. Now if you are like me, once you start browsing the web or checking social media it is very hard to stop, and during finals week this can suck up a lot of precious time. Don’t get sucked in! Deactivate your social media accounts until you are done with finals, or have someone you trust change your passwords and keep it from you until you are done.

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Try to limit your cell phone use. I know that I always have my cell phone on me because it is my only form of communication with my friends and family. Did you know that there is a way to eliminate your phone as a distraction without turning it off? You can turn on the “do not disturb” function on your cell phone that can be found in your settings. This will stop your phone from going off when it receives incoming calls, text messages, and notifications. It also allows you to choose if you want to receive messages from your emergency contacts. This way it eliminates distractions, but certain people can get a hold of you if need be.

Here is what some of the Peer Educators do to get through finals week:

Stephen: I make sure to exercise and relieve as much stress as possible during finals week.

Matt: I am a huge fan of note cards and camping out in the library.

Sam: I make tons of note cards and like to rewrite my notes to better remember them.

Jordan: I grab some hot tea and head to my couch to hit the books; this way I am relaxed and comfortable!

Now that you are equipped with these strategies for surviving finals week, hopefully they can help you be more successful. Good luck and have a good rest of the semester!

By Andrew Ramirez, Peer Educator

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