Thoughts from Tutors

Surviving Finals

Nick Grimes
Master Tutor

With finals approaching, some of you may already be starting to worry. Here are some tips to survive finals week.

Chill Out
It’s easier said than done, but you really do need to take a deep breath every once in a while. Worrying about something won’t change anything, just your stress levels. If you’ve waited too late to get something done, do the best that you can with the little amount of time you have left.

Get Some Sleep
Staying up till 4 o’clock studying for a test won’t do you much good if you can’t stay awake the next day to take it. Sleep loss means the loss of focus, which is something you can’t afford come finals week. Study as hard as you can, but try and hit-the-hay around 12 or so. Your brain will be nice and rested the next day so you can give that exam all you’ve got.

Take A Break Every Now and Then
Your brain can’t take in everything all the time. Studies show that in order to really grasp information, the brain needs time to absorb what it has learned. Even though you may feel like you’re relaxing while watching television, your brain isn’t. It’s trying to keep up with the storyline, remember details and is flooded with dozens of commercials.

Don’t Try To Do Everything At Once
I know it’s getting close to the end, but there still may be some time to spread all the things you have to do around. Doing a little at the time from here on out could definitely help you get it all done. Designate each of the next few days to one or two specific things you have to do and it may help to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

Drink Water
Your brain works best on lots of water. Not to mention that all of that caffeine you’re probably consuming will make the likelihood of you being dehydrated even greater. You can even be dehydrated without noticing it, so always drink plenty of water to stay in tip-top mental condition.

Stop Wasting Time
Probably the most important advice I can give is, stop screwing around! Get off social media, stop looking up elf yourself videos and get started!

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