A Noob’s Guide to Surviving Finals Week

Motivation & Inspiration, Wellness
  1. Make a list of topics you need to cover. Getting it out of your head and putting it on paper helps. You need all the brain space you can get. Spend it on learning the actual material, not remembering what chapters the exam is over.
  2. Make a schedule for yourself. Give yourself a goal for the day. How many chapters do you want to finish by midnight? Be reasonable about it.
  3. Sit somewhere with natural lighting. Preferably on the top floor of a library by the window, so you are not tempted to see who is coming in and out of the building.
  4. Watch a motivational video before you start studying. If you are going to cram, you need 100% focus. P.S. Check out my motivational/inspirational videos posted every Monday.
  5. Keep all your essentials by your side. Have you pencil,pen, eraser, highlighter, notebook, notes/textbook, a snack, water bottle by your side. You don’t need to be getting up for things all the time. This only distracts.
  6. Keep your study area clean. An organized study space = an organized mind.
  7. Take 20 minute breaks every 2 hours of focused studying. Don’t burn yourself out. Just like your body needs time to digest food before you go to bed, your brain needs time to digest the information before you start a new chapter. Take a walk outside to get some fresh air and a bit of sun. It is scientifically proven to make you happier.
  8. Set up a time for your meals in your schedule. Feed your body. You know you can’t concentrate while your stomach growls at you in frustration.
  9. Stay hydrated. Sitting cooped up in a room all day studying is no excuse to forget taking care of your health. Your body heats up when you study rigorously for long periods of time. Cool it down with a glass of water.
  10. If you feel tired, take a 20 minute nap. Short enough to not let you dose off, but long enough to re-energize you till another 2 hours.
  11. Make midnight your deadline. Finish it off and call it a night at 12. Get at least 6 hours of sleep. It is proven that your mind is more fresh early in the morning after a good night’s sleep. You won’t be able to recollect the material if you haven’t given your brain the night to take in the information.
  12. Pack your exam essentials before bed. Two of everything. Keep your scantron,  #2 pencils, erasers, glasses/contacts, watch, water bottle, photo ID, calculator.
  13. Eat a good breakfast the morning of. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You don’t want to take an exam while hungry. I have made that mistake before. Not fun. Don’t forget your morning coffee.
  14. Take a deep breath and relax. YOU GOT THIS.

Watch a cute cat video:

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