Survive finals week

Editorial

Do you feel that constricted feeling in your throat?

Or perhaps you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately.

Yeah, it’s going around.

Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine for the Finals bug, and the cruel irony is, the more you allow yourself to stress out, the more cause for stress you have. Negativity is a sure way to drain yourself, physically as well as mentally, during a week that demands students perform at their peak in these areas.

For that reason, it is essential for us to stay positive in our approach to finals week, as well as do what we can to take care of ourselves.

There are many ways we can keep our minds and bodies ready and able to survive this last push at school, but often you will see students doing the exact opposite.

It is important to structure your time. Procrastination costs you valuable time and forces cramming, which is also an issue.

It is recommended that students study no more than two hours at a time. Any more than that and you stop retaining the information you’re so desperately trying to hold on to.

Structure your time, and study the hardest things first.

People tend to remember the things they study first and last the best.

That’s another reason to take breaks during study time. You tend to be a little fuzzy on the stuff you studied in the middle.

Another common mistake students make is loading up on caffeine.

If you’re downing energy drinks at 3 o’clock in the morning, your mind is not operating at optimal performance, and the likelihood is that it won’t be for your test tomorrow, either. Put down the espresso and get some sleep!

A rested mind and body is more likely to remember the things you actually did have time to study.

That means don’t go out and party this week. Stay at home and skip the hangover.

Also, be sure you’re eating regular meals, and try to avoid the greasy stuff. It just bogs you down.

There are many pieces of advice given to college students to help with finals, but it all comes down to being good to yourself.

It makes no sense that you would abuse your mind and body for days on end and they would reward you by performing their best.

Treat your body well, and it will return the favor.

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