It is that time of the semester that college students dread every time. It is a time when a good nights sleep becomes cat naps, meals become snacks and Red Bulls & Monsters become a staple. Thankfully, I hope with two and a half years under my belt for finals testing, I can offer at least a little bit of help for all of my fellow college students. So here are my tips and tricks for surviving finals week.
1: TIME MANAGEMENT
Okay, so obviously, time management is the biggest issue for college students nowadays because we want to go out with out friends or watch Netflix all day, but my advice is start studying NOW! You will really regret it when it is the day before your final and you are trying to do a last minute cram session because "Holy crap! Our final is tomorrow?!" Do not be that person, I was and I regret it so much.
This one in a sense speaks for itself. But listen to me right now, sleep is the most important thing for your body (besides the next tip) and if you do not allow your body to rest, it will hate you. Sleep is not just good for finals time but in everyday life. The minimum sleep hours to fully be ready for the day is 7-9 hours every night. 6 is eh, but it will be okay. I recommend setting an alarm every night and sticking to it.
3: HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE!
Just like in sports, your body needs water, no matter how much you want to down a Monster or Red Bull to stay awake. Ice cold water is best. Recently I came to love drinking a nice glass of water when I am working on my paper or studying because it, for one, wakes me up and two: helps me focus on what I am doing. While Monsters sometimes taste better, the sugar rush will not last as long as a glass of water.
I know I previously mentioned snacks before on how students chose to snack more than eat meals during studying but snacking in between meals is great because it keeps you focused as well instead of worrying about your next meal. My favorite snack to eat during studying or writing a paper is fruit, mainly strawberries or watermelon. Even if you do not have time to cut up fruit, pre-cut watermelons or cantaloupes are usually cheap at your local grocery store.
5: TREAT YO SELF
So this last one is mainly for after finals has passed because after all the hard work of studying, taking tests and not having a care except for those tests, you deserve to be pampered just a bit because guess what? Finals are done! Treat yourself to a pedicure/manicure, a massage, a nice dinner out with your friends, etc. Whatever you feel like because you can finally take a deep breath and relax.
If you have any tips or tricks to help beat finals, let everyone know! I am always looking for ways not to stress about finals(:
Until next time,
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."