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Finals Week Study Tips

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It’s that time of year again for students. Sweet summertime is just around the corner and vacations are so close you can almost taste them. Except there is still one little barrier…finals week.

In my many years of school, I’ve yet to meet a person who enjoys finals week. Not a student, not a professor, not a parent and not a friend. Even if you aren’t the one taking finals, you will likely have to hear someone close to you talk about finals and it makes you want to crawl under a rock just as much as they have expressed. It’s not pleasant.

Luckily, there are a multitude of great tips and tricks for making it through finals week with some of your original sanity. And even more fortunate for you, I’m going to share a few of my favorites with you!

  • Follow the Pompodoro Method (seriously study for 25 minutes and reward yourself with a 5 minute break)
  • Switch subjects (I like to dedicate a few hours to one subject and then switch to another)
  • Get some sleep (no that doesn’t mean 15 minutes under your table at the library each night)
  • Eat healthy (even though junk food might sound better and be easier to find, it’s worth the benefits of eating nutritiously)
  • Keep the lights on (brighter study areas are better than dim ones, plus it will help you stay awake)
  • Keep the study area clean (it’s surprisingly soothing to have only the things you need for studying around you)
  • Study in groups (no, this is not social hour, just a time to talk out what you understand and what you don’t)
  • Switch study spots (don’t always study on the second floor of the library in the corner booth across from the coffee shop, it helps to have a change of scenery)
  • Stay off social media (use Cold Turkey for PCs and Self Control for Macs)
  • Write your notes out (rewriting things helps you remember them, so make time to do so)

And most importantly, do what helps you study the best! Finals week can be rough, but just think of the reward you get once it’s over…SUMMER!

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