How To Survive Finals Week
Finals Week is probably the most stressful week for any college student, well that and the week before (my school calls it Dead Week). Honestly, I hate finals week, the stress is multiplied times 10 and I always end up getting sick that week so it makes it even worse. Recently, I have learned a system to make it through finals week without being nearly as stressed as I was freshman year. This also my first finals week, not going through treatments or being stuck taking online classes, which is super exciting. So I’m excited to use these strategies, I used them during midterms and it worked so fingers crossed.
Here are some tips to Survive Finals Week
1.Make a Finals Week Schedule
In order to be successful in anything you need to have a game plan. Make a schedule, color code it or what every you need to do to not forget about Finals Week. Below is a picture of my schedule for Dead Week and Finals Week this year, I have it color coded based on the class and when the final is. I also have time put aside for studying and relaxing. This semester was intense in classes so I have it where I study but then take a break so I am not overwhelming myself.
2. Have Everything Ready the Night Before
Instead of rushing to get everything ready twenty minutes before an exam do your best to make sure you have it ready the night before. Ensure that your cheat sheet (if you get one) is ready and has everything that you need on it. Pack your backpack, get a water bottle and maybe a snack or two to hold you over during the test, put new batteries in your calculator so it doesn’t die on you in the middle of your test. packing the night before really relieves a lot of stress, it is one less thing you have to worry about the day of your exam so get everything ready the night before.
3. Study but don’t Over Study
Yes, over studying is a thing. I have done it plenty of times in hopes that I will somehow remember everything then I get into the exam and forget all. Over studying is really overwhelming and could potentially set you up for failure. Take the time to spread out your studying, use your schedule that you made to ensure that you are studying all of the material. Just DON’T overwhelm yourself.
4. Rest and Take Breaks
School is tough, I won’t lie, engineering is kicking my butt. I am to the point where my breaks from school are when I am writing my blog posts. I haven’t had enough time from school to work to blogging to actually rest and recover. Thanksgiving break, I spent studying and catching up on homework so I didn’t have that much of a break. But it is important to get the rest you need before and during finals week; take naps, read a non-school related book, go to bed early. Do anything you need to do in order to get the necessary rest to make it through finals week.
5. Exercise and Meditate
I don’t know about you guys but I love exercising especially when I am stressed. Did you now that when you exercise and meditate brings more oxygen to your brain which helps you stay sharp and alert. So take some time out of your day, maybe like 15 to 10 minutes to meditate and focus on your breathing. It is your preference on how you want to exercise but try to do something active for at least 30 minutes a day, this will help you ease your mind of all that studying.
6. Listen to Music
Music actually helps me remember more while I’m studying. If I am listening to a song that has a good beat while I am doing engineering homework I actually retain much more information than what I do if I am not listening to music. I have a study playlist on my phone that is full of songs that I like and listen to while studying. Many people like to listen to music without lyrics and you can find playlists like that on Apple Music or whatever music app you use.
7. Positive Mindset
I understand how hard school gets and there are times that I wanted to give up and just be done with school but I had that motivation and push that kept me going. A positive mindset will get you anywhere in life. Don’t doubt your ability because you have made it this far so why give up now? Tell your self every morning that you can do this and that you will pass this class. Finals Week can bring out the worst in everybody, I know my parents can hardly stand to be around me during this time but as long as you BELIEVE in yourself, there is nothing holding you back.
8. Go Get Help
There is no way that you can do this all on your own, colleges make it super easy to go and find help on campus. Get a study group going or go to your professors office hours. I promise that there is help whee ever you go but it is up to you to find it. Plan a couple hour study session in the library or off campus to study for your final, chances are you understand something that someone else doesn’t and they know something that you don’t, so hook a friend up and study together.
9. Don’t Forget to Eat
Okay so this one is actually very important, I know right? How does one forget to eat? Well, I do it quite often, in fact I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me to eat. It’s not that I don’t want food but if someone doesn’t remind me to eat, I forget. Eating is crucial for your health and it will help you focus much better during studying and exams. In fact, most campuses have free food throughout the week of finals just to ensure that we are eating. Pack a few snack in your bag or go to the many dining facilities on your campus to get something to eat. Do NOT Forget to Eat!!
10.Don’t Stress, You can do this!!
Stress probably will be unavoidable but try to minimize it as much as possible. Finals week is tough but I know you can survive it. Go out there and do your best work, believe in yourself and never give up. You chose to get an education because you are passionate about something so don’t be afraid to break through your shell and kick your finals square in the ass (excuse my language). I believe in you, others believe in you so all you need to do is stay confident, positive and believe in your self!