Winter is coming! But guess what else is? FINALS. Gives me shivers just thinking about it. The time is dawning upon us and I’m becoming more frantic each day with all the assignments that are piling up, and let’s not forget the rising stress levels. When I was sitting at Starbucks, finally taking a sip of my holiday hot coco, I realized I was regretting my procrastination. Procrastinating has become second nature, you could say. We all do it.
But don’t procrastinate studying for finals. I know that we would all rather sit and binge watch Netflix all day, and Stranger Things season two looks too good to ignore, but we must all be strong! Let us brace ourselves and go through this list of “do’s” and “don’ts” for finals preps.
DO get a goodnight’s sleep. Yes, I know if we have a final in the morning we tend to stress out and stay up all night studying. But getting a good amount of sleep is essential to retaining the information better. You can study until late, but then get up early in the morning and resume after a few good hours of sleep. At least 6-7 hours will be sufficient.
DON’T wait until the last minute to study a ton of information. Cramming is not helpful at all. When you cram you’re not giving your brain enough time to keep that information. And speaking from personal experience, you forget more and remember less.
DO eat plenty of healthy food to keep you energized. Can’t be sleepy during a final now can we? That won’t help at all. Just small snacks to munch on as you study to keep you going, and of course water is important too. I suppose the coffee lovers will need their fix also. Coffee can be a lifesaver, but not too much!
DON’T over stress. Easier said than done, but trust me stressing does not help. What can be done is finding ways to help reduce stress a little bit, like listening to music as you study, or maybe just go by the fountains on campus and forget for a minute that you have anything going on.
DO take occasional breaks during your study time. Studying for hours will tire you out so much faster, and taking breaks just makes it more bearable. Once you take a break and go back to studying you tend to feel a little lighter and more focused.
And remember after finals are over there’s month off from school! There’s something to look forward to!