Finals: How to Survive

Ugh. Finals week. Even if you’re done by Wednesday, it feels like an eternity. You can procrastinate, but there’s always the obligation to study lurking over your head. Or you can study non-stop until you’re done, but that’s extremely draining, in my experience, and leaves you feeling half dead.

The key is to compromise and find a method somewhere in between slacker and zombie. So first of all…

Study
You do have to do this, you know. Set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Set a timer, shut off your phone, confine yourself to the library — do what you have to do. Color-code your subjects and calendars, rewrite your notes. You know how you study best, so get to it.

gummybearstudy
I can’t believe I never thought of this.

In case you’ve never tried to revise your study techniques, here are some amazing suggestions.

Remember how it’s also the holiday season? When studying in a public area (which is anywhere other than your room), make sure you don’t leave your belongings unattended or somebody may pick up a new Christmas present. It’s a shame, but you need to know: most thefts on campus happen in this season of thanksgiving and charity. So don’t leave your expensive stuff unattended, and study hard!

You also need to take time for yourself, so…

Prioritize You
What do you like to do? What makes you feel like yourself? Schedule some time for that amidst all your cramming. It’ll be that break you deserve, or at least the one you rationalize taking. (“Bam, finished that chapter in 15 minutes. I should reward myself by watching an entire episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’”)

Try to get to the CoRec . Because… Well, why not? You’ll feel better about yourself afterward and it’s good for you. Here’s a quick read for more reasons why and ways to motivate yourself. 

Have you ever heard of a vision board? Making one is a fun way to reconnect with who you are and what you want in life (and may lend perspective to why you’ve been slaving over those biology flashcards for the past five hours). This article will help you get started.

If nothing else, take time to treat yourself to a Pappy’s shake or some pizza from the Knight Spot. Studying for finals can be a sprint or a marathon, but either way you need food!

Good luck!

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