With the semester finally coming to a close that can only mean one thing–Finals. Finals are quickly approaching and stress and anxiety are coming on strong. But finals don’t have to be completely stressful. Here’s a guide to surviving finals to make your life just a little bit easier.
1. Get Good Quality Sleep
The best thing you can do for yourself during finals is get some sleep. While you might think you’re making your life easier by staying up late to get in a few extra hours of study time, you’re actually making things worse. Studies have shown that you need at least 8 hours of sleep each night. When you are low on sleep you are actually hurting your ability to focus, concentrate and learn.
2. Put Your Phone Down
Your phone can be one of the biggest distractions to you. Try and avoid distractions by leaving your phone behind when you go to study. You will be less likely to lose focus and get distracted by the things on your phone.
3. Find a Study Spot
Everybody needs a good study spot. Finding the right spot for you can help you get into your groove and get quality, uninterrupted study time.
4. Take an Exercise Break
Sometimes you have to put the books away and take a break. One of the best ways to get a break from intense studying is by stopping to exercise. Studies have shown that exercising can improve memory and thinking skills. And this is a great opportunity to help wake yourself up if you’re starting feel just a little bit tired!
5. Avoid Procrastination
Procrastination. What can we say. We’ve all been here before. Where you keep putting off your homework, your projects, and your tests until the very last minute. But why? It’s not doing you any favors. In the long run it only causes you more stress. Do yourself a favor and begin preparing early, so you don’t have to worry about cramming at the last minute.
6. Have Study Sessions
One of the best ways to do well and survive your finals is by holding study sessions. When you study with somebody else it helps you retain and understand the material on a deeper level. When you study with somebody else you have the opportunity to teach them what you know, and you can also find out what your areas of weakness are.
Don’t let finals get you down like they have in the past. With these simple steps you’ll be fully prepared and ready to survive finals!