Approaching Finals

By Hannah Holder
Blog Content Contributor

Summer is almost here! But first, finals. Finals week is that long week of stress, misery, sleep deprivation and procrastination. This semester though, let’s finish strong. If we plan accordingly, stay focused, stay hydrated, rest well and study right we’ll be sure to ace finals. It’s 4.0 season, so let’s get started.

Plan accordingly

One of the most important factors to succeeding. If you’re like me, you’re a visual person and have to see the game plan planned out before you. If you don’t have a calendar to write on, create a pin board with sticky notes on your wall or on an actual pin board. Planning out your agenda allows you to visually see what you need to get done and what time you have (or don’t have) to get it done. Procrastination begins when you lack planning, so plan accordingly.

Stay focused

It seems like no matter how many times I flip my phone over so I can’t see my notifications pop-up on my screen, I always end up flipping it back over minutes later whether I have a notification or not. Social media is wonderful, but it is the devil when it comes to finals week. Netflix is its partner in crime, too. Put away your phone! We could save so much time if we would just stay off social media or Netflix, and focused on an assignment or studying.

Stay hydrated

Though I am not a coffee or caffeine person, several college students are. Putting too much caffeine in your body is a little on the reckless side, so try to avoid that. Drink tons of water during the day and if necessary, drink some caffeine when you begin feeling tired or sluggish. Water infused with fruits, especially lemon, will naturally wake your body up. Don’t depend on caffeine too much. Nonetheless, stay hydrated, friends.

Sleep is key

Yes, sleep. No, sleep is not “for the weak.” In fact, sleep is a huge factor when it comes to succeeding. You need sleep to function, especially before a test or a long day of studying. Studies say that sleep enhances studying. Besides, who doesn’t love sleeping? Although, sleeping too much is an issue and will cause you to put off studying.

Review. Review. Review.

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Studying for several chapters of different types of books can be draining. Spread your time wisely in order to focus on just one class for a good period of time. Photo by Hannah Holder.

If you follow all of the rules from above, no doubt you can handle this. You will be at your best state of mind to review for long periods of time. Constantly reviewing the same thing over and over should process quickly in your mind if you’re focused, hydrated and fueled from sleep. However, do not cram for a cumulative final. Cramming is OK for a chapter test, but not for multiple chapters. Cramming too much information will cause your brain to retain too much at one time and will probably leave your mind blank during the final.

Good luck

Finals week is coming in hot and we are all trying to prepare (kinda). Summer is so close yet so far, but we can wait until after finals (after we ace our finals, that is). May everyone plan accordingly, stay focused, hydrated, rest well and review right this finals week. Wishing everyone good luck this 4.0 season!

Featured image by Hannah Holder.

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