Finals week can be a very stressful time. All you can think about is winter break, upcoming holidays, and going home to see friends and family, but you still have to focus on papers, projects, and exams. Before you are ready to throw in the towel, here are some tips that just might help you make it this rough time.
Get Some Sleep
Although you might think pulling an all-nighter to cram for a test would be a good idea, research done by Harvard Medical School says that “sleep plays an important role in memory, both before and after learning a new task”. Not only will you be tired when it’s time to take the test, but you won’t remember as much as you would had you gotten a good 7-9 hours of sleep the night before.
Make a Schedule
It can be difficult to study for multiple exams at a time. One way to help with this would be to make a very organized schedule. Make a list of all the classes you need to study for, and then prioritize them so you know which subjects you need to spend more time on. Schedule study times throughout your day, but don’t forget to take study breaks and schedule time for eating, hanging out, or doing something you enjoy.
Distractions only lead to procrastination. Here are so tips on how to beat them:
• Have your books and notes organized before you even being studying to eliminate wasted time trying to find the information you need.
• Study in a clean environment. If you try to study in a messy room, you’ll be tempted to clean it, or find something that will keep you from doing you work.
• Don’t study on an empty stomach. If you are planning to study for a long period of time, have a snack with you so you don’t get distracted by being hungry and thinking about what you want to eat instead of your study topic.
• Turn your cell phone on silent and put it away. Cell phones and social media are one of the biggest distractions. If you’re really addicted, have your friends, roommates, or significant other change your password until after finals.
Written by Morgan Margherita, Volunteer