With finals right around the corner, it is time to begin preparing for those pesky exams and projects. Here are a few tips from some loveable animals to help you get through the week and make studying for finals a little more bearable!
- Get enough sleep! While it can be very tempting to pull an all-nighter right before the exam, remember that last minute cramming and not getting enough sleep can do more harm than good. Being well rested will improve focus, increase alertness, and even reduce stress.
- Plan ahead and get organized! Managing time is crucial when you have a lot to do. Get all of your notes and materials together before you start studying so you don’t waste time trying to find everything. Create a schedule of when and what you are going to study.
- Eat a healthy diet! It may be tempting to indulge in a whole carton of ice cream, but it is definitely not what you need to be eating. Try drinking lots of water instead of energy drinks, eating fruits and vegetables instead of chips and candy, and eating good, quality meals instead of fast food.
- Study in a good location- Like the TC! Studying somewhere that you can actually be productive. Plopping down in front of the TV, in your room or at the local coffee shop may sound like fun, but you probably won’t get any quality studying done.
- Take breaks! You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material in one sitting. In fact, you will be less like to remember things if you don’t give your brain a chance to rest every now and then.
- Exercise! Taking time to do some physical activity will help reduce stress and help you sleep better at night! Even 30 minutes a day can help keep your blood pressure low and raise you energy levels so you can continue to study more efficiently.
- Make practice exams or study guides! Quizzing yourself over the material is a great way to review. It will also help you make sure you are retaining the information you are studying.
- Reward yourself! Give yourself a treat for studying! Try things like for every 10 flashcards or terms you review, give yourself a piece of chocolate (or a banana if you are an elephant)!
- Attend the review session! If your professor or TA is holding a review session, it is definitely in your best interest to go! They will outline what is going to be on the exam, and maybe even give you a few hints!
- Use studying techniques that you know work for you! Finals time is not the time to try some new studying trick when you have found a way of studying that works for you. Stick to what you know!