The title says it all...oh, finals week. It is the week we all learn to dread the second we step foot onto campus. And for some reason, winter quarter finals seem to be the worst, well, for me at least. The weather always seems to encapsulate my mood oh so perfectly. It's cold, it's dark, it's rainy, and it's like my soul as I prepare my final Marketing Research paper. Sorry, Dr. Obermiller!
But this post isn't for me to complain about my dread for finals week. This is a post with some tips and tricks on how to survive it. Here is what makes studying just a bit better for me.
1. Turn it off:
I know. It's hard not to constantly put that stupid dog face filter on yourself while taking selfies on snap chat to send to your friends. TURN IT OFF. Move it away from reach. When you type your paper on Microsoft word place it in focus mode. Don't know how do that? Learn how to do it here: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_officeinsider-mso_mac/insider-fast-word-for-mac-focus-mode-is-here/b111a712-d5ca-43c6-b75e-8e644819e17f
Take some time to talk to actual human beings, in person. Not on your phone. Meet up with someone at the Bistro, invite me to the Byte and buy me something (I ran out of meal plan money the last week of February). Spending time with people gives us an energy boost (yes, introverts, that goes for you too). Talk to someone. Texting doesn’t count.
You can't study forever. After about two hours of hard studying, your brain starts to crap out on you. Take some breaks. Stretch. Refresh. Breathe. Your mind won’t burn out quite as quickly this way. I like to go on walks, or sometimes simply lay on my floor and force my cats to love me. You do you. I don't judge.
4. Go outside:
But it's raining! Yah, whatever that's what umbrellas and rain jackets are for. Plus the longer you stay outside; the more appealing the library will become because you know, it's inside, away from the rain. C'mon I know I'm stretching on this one, but heck, it works!
5. Eat the brain food:
Ezelle's Fried Chicken doesn't count, and it hurts my heart just typing that. You have to nourish those brain cells, especially if you’re sleeping less than usual. Go to the cave and buy some fruits and veggies or go to C-Street and make a salad. Your body will thank you. Plus, that fried chicken will taste all the better when you know you are done with finals.
6. Find your space:
There is a reason people go to the library; wait, what?! It’s a breeding ground for good study habits. If the library isn’t your thing, that’s cool too. I'm surprisingly not the biggest fan of it. It's too quiet for me. So try dedicating a space to studying and stick with it. Avoid your bed or the couch, yes, I know, I'm guilty of loving my bed too much as well. Those places are associated with relaxation and can be counterproductive to your studying attempts. Take it from me, I just sat on my bed for five minutes and woke up from a three-hour nap. Whoops!
Exercise reduces stress. Ugh, I know, I know, I hate the gym as much as the next person. I know you think you don’t have time, but I promise if you take 20 minutes to run or bike or whatever at the gym, your brain will function at a higher level, and you’ll be far more efficient as you work. Plus you can combine Netflix and gym time, you know, watch Netflix while you work out on your phone. Just do it! (See what I did there, hehe).
During finals week?! Am I crazy? Maybe. Even for me, all the caffeine in the world can’t replace a good night’s sleep, so do your best to get some shuteye. If you must stay up all night, find some time to nap. But please. SLEEP!
Y'all I know you can do this! Take these tips and tricks and own finals week. You owe it to yourself.
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