With finals just around the corner, this time of year can be extremely stressful. It is super important to remember to take care of yourself and take some time to de-stress. Here are a few tips to survive this hectic time and make it to a relaxing semester break!
Start studying ASAP. I know it can be difficult to get motivated, but the sooner you start studying, the more content you can thoroughly cover and the less you’ll have to cram right before your exam. If you make, and stick to, a study schedule a few weeks before finals, you’ll feel more confident and less stressed going into your exams. It’s also important to keep in mind that not everyone learns in the same way. When you start preparing, make sure you find a method that works for you. Some people prefer studying in groups, while others can focus better alone. Some people like to re-read their notes while others retain more by doing more hands-on activities such as practice exercises– free tools like Quizlet can be incredibly helpful for effective studying. Location is important as well; if you get too distracted in your dorm or at home, find a quiet place on campus where you can study undisturbed! Don’t worry about how other people are preparing for finals: focus on what works for you.
That being said, it’s also important to take study breaks. If you just study non-stop, you won’t learn as much and you’ll probably end up doing more harm than good to your mental and physical health. Make sure to give yourself some time to relax by grabbing some food with friends, working out, taking a walk, watching an episode of your favorite show, or just doing nothing to recover from your studying, and to allow the information to settle in your brain.
Unfortunately, finals season coincides with cold and flu season, so be sure to be vigilant with self care. Although you may want to just stress eat chicken tenders and fries from the Cab, make sure to eat at least a serving of fruit a day to keep your body functioning and healthy. Don’t forget that college campuses are full of viruses spreading from person to person, so wash your hands often, especially after touching doorknobs and other communal objects. Keep in mind that the more sleep you get, the harder your body’s immune system will work to fight off illness. A full eight hours a night may sound like a myth to some, but schedule out 20-30 minutes in the afternoon for a quick power nap to boost your energy and allow your mind and body time to recover. Take care of your skin too– as the weather gets colder, your skin is more prone to dryness so be sure to keep hydrated and stay on top of skincare. Check out the beauty products section of stores like Marshall’s or TJMaxx for low price, quality products.
I know it can be hard to stay motivated, but finals will be here soon and it’s important to push through. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, don’t be afraid to meet with your professors to come up with a study plan and make sure you’ve got all the information you need; they’re here to help and they want you to succeed as much as you do!