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Start Now: A Stress Guide to Finals

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by Chelsea Moran
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qUIZLET SCREENSHOTFinals week for college students everywhere is fast approaching. Next week will be our last full week of classes at Texas State before everything gets condensed and crammed in last minute. Although there are still assignments and test going on, now is the time to start studying for finals. Due to the fact that finals week is a time of stress, all nighters, and at least one minor breakdown when we all seriously question if college is the right place for us, it is best to start now and get ahead of the game. By doing little things to help prepare yourself, finals don’t have to be so stressful, and maybe you can get a full night of rest before each major exam.

First things first, have you heard of Quizlet? If you haven’t, go to your app store right now and download it for free. Always check quizlet for any study guides, note card sets, and practice exams for the specific class you’re taking. Most of the time a student can find study material for their specific professor, but if you don’t find a study set for your class and professor, don’t study just another study set for the same class taught by someone else. Make your own flashcards and study guide and start studying at least ten terms or questions a night right before bed.

Secondly, start a study group. Odds are you are not the only one trying to study hard for the exam, so ask your classmates to join a study group. Rent a quiet room in the library and set up meeting times for everyone to meet. This can be especially helpful because sometimes a student learns best from other students. If you didn’t understand the way a professor explained something in classm, perhaps another student did and can put it in terms to help you understand it.

Thirdly,  get on a regular sleep schedule. I know this sounds like laughable advice to a college student, but sleep matters. If you are up all night before an exam you have at 8 a.m. in the morning, then you’re likely to do poor on that exam because you’re sleep deprived and struggling to focus on staying awake rather than passing the exam.

Fourthly, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast or eating cold leftover pizza when you wake up is not what you need right before an exam. Instead, try a muffin, a protein bar, a cup of fruit, a freshens smoothie with an energy boost. Something healthy will make you feel good and awake and not over-stuffed to point you get groggy or have to rush to the restroom during the exam.

Lastly, be confident. Don’t walk into a test with the mindset you’re going to bomb it. Have faith in yourself. If you put in the effort and hard work then you got this! Get dressed up to take the exam. That may sound weird because the unspoken dress code for finals is sweats and t-shirts, but imagine walking into your exam in your favorite outfit, being on fleek from head to toe. You’re going to look good, and when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good you do better.

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