How to Survive Finals Week

Finals are probably the most dreaded time of any college semester. With everything happening at once it can be near impossible to feel in control or successful. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you get through this dreaded time and be sure to add your tips in the comments below!

Variety is key
Going against what most of us have done for years, studies are now showing that changing up your studying routine can actually improve retention. This works especially well for people who find their minds wandering while trying to study. Studying can be boring, changing your routine can keep things interesing. So try studying in the library one day and then CBC the next. Change up your method of studying as well, flashcards may work for one class but not so much for another one so try new things out!

Drink water
Seriously. When finals come around we are all prone to chugging back caffeine and sugar like there's no tomorrow; soda, coffee, tea, juice, you name it. So fill up your reusable water bottle every morning and sip on it throughout the day. If you can drink nothing but water, you're fantastic.

Don’t forget to eat and sleep
This may seem obvious but it’s pretty common to forget to do the necessary stuff when you’re in finals studying mode. Schedule in time to have meals (away from your study materials) and get as much sleep as you can, especially the night before the test. Depriving yourself of sleep results in slower reaction time and an inability to recall information so all that studying could go to waste if you don’t take care of yourself and get some shuteye.

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Never underestimate the power of breaks
While it may seem like a complete waste of your time to step away from your books when you have such little studying time anyways, it can really help. Just taking a half hour to zone out in front of Netflix can make you more productive and receptive to what you’re studying when you get back to it. Just be sure to set a timer for your breaks so you don’t go overboard with the procrastination.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help
There are so many resources available to you: professors, TAs, The Writing Center, and more. Take advantage of them. There is nothing wrong with having to go over something that didn’t make sense the first time. Don’t forget to lean on your friends for help too! If you need someone to quiz you or double check an essay, ask a friend. They’re around so they can help you when things are tough. Just be sure to return the favor when they need help from you!

Treat yourself
Rewards make everything better. One of the best parts of finals week is knowing that it signifies that winter break is coming. If that’s not good enough of a reward for you, maybe you decide to treat yourself to something you’ve wanted for a while as soon as you finish your finals. Little treats work too! If you have to get through some really dense reading, put some candy at passage breaks to get through it all.

Do you have any study tips that have helped you get through past Finals weeks? What was the hardest Final you’ve ever had to take? Let us know in the comments below!