It is (almost) the most wonderful time of the year (Woohoo!) but before putting on your PJs and drinking hot cocoa all day, we have to get through finals week. Here is a list of 3 ways to stay positive during finals week.
Tip #1: Start Early
By starting early on reviewing, you can schedule your study times and make sure that you aren’t over-studying. By scheduling your study sessions ahead of time, you can make sure that you are taking needed breaks and that you will have enough time to study the material you need to. If you schedule review sessions early, it will prevent you from procrastinating and cramming for your final exams. In addition, you can also make sure that you aren’t over-studying and that you will be able to retain the information. Lastly, manage your anxiety by listening to calming music, deep breathing, or hanging out with friends, you can avoid stress and release negative thoughts.
Tip #2: Take Breaks
Get some sleep and avoid living on caffeine-- your brain and body with thank you later. There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure that you stay well-rested so that you have a clear mind and you are able to focus during exams. All-nighters are the worst for your health and studying ability. If you are well-rested, it will also help you focus while you’re studying. When you’re tired, you will not want to put in as much effort which might lead to procrastination. To avoid this problem, make sure that you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
Tip #3: Eat Well
Stay healthy, hydrated and eat every meal on time. Drink water instead of coffee and soda. Make sure that you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients in the foods you are eating. By eating well, you will have more energy and be able to focus on your studies. Make sure you exercise, too. Exercising helps you stay active and healthy.
Using all of these tips during finals will improve your test-taking abilities without having a mental breakdown or being unhealthy. Good luck on your finals and have a blessed holiday!
This blog post was written by Cindy Chen, TSG Representative.