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Finals Survival Guide

December 7, 2016

It’s that dreaded time of the semester for a lot of students… finals week, are you ready? Finals week tests your overall knowledge of many concepts, so if you have been keeping up with studying and class assignments you should have nothing to fret. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done and if you find yourself ready to pull your hair out here are a few tips to help you succeed.

   1. Get Plenty of Rest

   Sleeping less than five hours a night may negatively impact your GPA and lead to other health issues. If you are a morning studier, then make sure you go to bed early and dedicate time in the early hours. I have always worked best in the morning, so when it’s crunch time you will find me studying between 4am and 9am. I feel most productive at that time and then I am able to go to bed a decent hour. Do what is best for you but be sure to factor in enough time for sleep.2. Get Plenty of Rest

   2. Eliminate Excess Clutter in your Life

   Before I start studying I need to have a clean room and workspace in order to focus. You will already have enough to focus on, you shouldn’t also be worrying about all of the laundry you have to do. In addition, I de-clutter my study materials within my notebooks as well as my computer. During the semester my desktop fills with documents and becomes disorganized and hard to use. Before finals week, I put the documents in their appropriate folders so I can manage eight items rather than thirty on my desktop.

   3. Feed your Brain

   It is important to eat healthy and drink plenty of water in order to stay alert and energized. You also want to make sure you are getting proper nutrients such as: vitamin B, D and E. For example, vitamin B helps with memory and concentration and it can be found in milk, yogurt and oatmeal. You want to make sure your mind is sharp so you can perform at your best level.

   4. Calculate your Grades

   It is important to go into finals knowing exactly what you need to score to maintain or achieve your desired grade. Once you figure these numbers you can then adjust your studying and focus on specific areas.  I like to set goals for myself to help me know exactly what number to aim for.

 At the end of the day when you have studied as hard you can you must remember to relax a little bit because all your hard work will pay off!

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