Posted by Russell Aivazian on
Monday, November 26, 2012
Are you nervous about the week before finals? Anxious about finals week itself? Ready for Winter break? If your answer is "yes" to all these questions, you might have caught the "Finals Fever".
But, do not worry! You are not alone. Many Albers undergraduates come across the "Finals Fever" in the last two weeks of the quarter. The key to overcome it is to follow a few simple tips and tricks:
- Manage your time. You can use a weekly planner, make "to-do" lists, and set up micro-goals to make sure you are on track. This will keep you from being overwhelmed, and stop you from procrastinating. You can also create a rewards-system for yourself, in which you can reward yourself with a "5-minute YouTube video break" or "15-minute walk" after completing a task.
- Take a break. Whether you have a paper due the next morning or a group presentation due in one week, you need a break! Go have a meal with your friends, socialize about non-academic topics, and enjoy yourself to relieve your stress and worry.
- Stay healthy. Sleep well, eat well, and exercise. Make sure you get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, so that you are able to function in your last few classes and your finals. In addition, try having a salad or sandwich, instead of the usual hamburger and fries at Cherry Street Market, and hit the treadmill at the Recreation Center. Eating healthy and exercising will help you stay energized!
- Study with a buddy. When stressed, stick with the best! Grab a study buddy to help you stay focused and motivated throughout your studying process. Both of you can benefit from reviewing together, quizzing each other, and helping one another when stuck.
- Use your campus resources. The Lemieux Library, the McGoldrick Learning Commons (2nd floor library), and professors' office hours are all very important campus resources that you should utilize and benefit from.
Once completing these tips and tricks, remind yourself of what keeps you motivated. If it's your family, give them a call. If it's an off-campus adventure, go try a new coffee place to study at. If it's a friend, make them your study buddy.
Then, the "Finals Fever" will disappear, and you will be prepared for what is to come. You have already made it this far into Fall quarter. Finish strong!
Priyal Zaveri, New Student Mentor