Summer is only days away… unfortunately, those days contain some of the most challenging exams ever. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert on finals, but this is my fourth rodeo, so here are five tips for surviving FINALS WEEK:
1. Trust in all the hard work you’ve already put in.
You worked hard to get where you are. Don’t discount that hard work. Study what you need to, but trust that you took the time to learn your stuff.
2. Don’t OD on caffeine.
Yes, coffee is a life saver. Yes, late night studying can be super productive. BUT, you do need your sleep. Consuming too much caffeine could affect your sleep cycles which could in turn dcrease your ability to recall information during an exam. All I’m saying is, maybe one cup of coffee is enough.
3. Take a (strategic) break!
The best advice anyone ever gave me was to take a break that exercised the other half of my brain. First off, studying non-stop can get exhausting (thus breaks). Second, studying is made up of mostly left brain activity. By doing things that utilize the right side of your brain during your breaks, you give the left side of your brain a chance to recharge. Right brain activities tend to be more creative in nature. I personally recommend watercolor painting or listening to your favorite album!
4. Change locations.
Study outside! Go to a coffee shop you’ve been wanting to try. Sometimes, just getting yourself out of the black hole that is the library can help you regain focus.
5. Surround yourself with amazing friends
Friends can make even the hardest subject fun. They are great for coming up with funny mnemonic devices and it’s always better to suffer with someone than alone.
In the end, we’ll all survive. Just remember to take a deep breath, have a little faith and trust (pixie dust won’t hurt either), and believe in yourself. You are capable of amazing things because you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Best of luck,