Column: Surviving and conquering finals week

Column: Surviving and conquering finals week

Finals week is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, the feeling of procrastination and dread is washing over you at this very moment. The Word document is blank, the book is still open on the first page and you’re sitting at the desk wondering where to even start. Luckily, there are ways to survive this week that will end in success.

The first thing people do is usually procrastinate. They either do it to build enough stress to motivate them or they just don’t feel up to it. Just don’t. Don’t let the idea slip into your mind. Instead, start with finals assignments and projects. The sooner the deadline, the higher the priority. After all is finished, start studying for the exams whether it’s just refreshing information or trying to understand certain subjects.

Students also feel the need to pull all-nighter dates with Starbucks. While one won’t kill you, pulling one multiple times can drain you and actually hinder your information intake as well as other health problems. Continuous caffenation can also affect sleep and the brain. I’m a huge believer in sleep, so sleeping the recommended eight hours (without coffee right before) each night will help refresh and rejuvenate your brain for the next day of studying.

Along the lines of all-nighters and sleep, be sure to take breaks every once and a while. Breaks could either be a having a small snack, watching an episode of your favorite show, or even taking a night off by getting out on the town with friends. “Treat yo self” when necessary.

Lastly, don’t skip classes just to study. Studying is important, but going to class where the professor may give out a study guide or go over difficult topics, especially during the last week of classes, is way more beneficial.

Finals week is basically the bane of everyone’s existence, but with these helpful tips, finals could possibly be tolerable for once.

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