By Sarah Bransley
Finals week is approaching and whether it’s your first or last time experiencing it, here’s a few tips to get you through the stress!
1. Plan ahead.
The average college student gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night. Do you really want to try to pull an all-nighter, or multiple, after a semester of that sort of sleep? Then create a study schedule to help you review without losing those precious Zs.
You may laugh at the majority of people who carry those Camelbaks around on campus, but they are laughing their way to a 4.0. Staying hydrated means you’re less likely to experience headaches, dizziness, or sleepiness from not getting enough to drink. You don’t need a headache from lack of water. That’s what trying to understand Organic Chem is for.
3. Pack snacks
Whether you’re stuck at the library or you just finished a 3 hour final, you’re going to need to feed yourself. Pack those snacks so future-you doesn’t have to decide between packing up all your books to get food or try to study for another hour with your stomach eating itself from the inside out. A favorite of mine is homemade trail mix. Buy bulk ingredients at the store and mix it yourself on Sunday. It’ll last you forever! If you’re stuck on the dining hall deal, try I57’s Candy Corner to mix your own!
4. Give yourself a break
As stressful as cramming that much info into your brain over a few weeks can be, not taking breaks will make it MUCH worse. Set a timer for every 20-30 minutes to remind yourself to stand up and stretch. It not only keeps your body from hurting, but also helps reset your brain to improve your studying!
5. Sloth believes in you
And finally, if you find yourself freaking out over grades, tests, GPA, whatever, remember that this sloth believes in you.