Well, everyone, its that time of year again. The time where students reluctantly pull themselves out of their cozy Netflix binges to begin late night study sessions or bang their head on the wall as they attempt to complete a term paper worth twenty percent of their grade. For some, its a time of regret as they look at their textbooks for the first time in the semester, pondering at a study guide that looks like complete gibberish. Wherever you are at in your studies, remember that 1) its going to be okay, and 2) there is still plenty of time to prepare. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for those dreaded finals:
Make a To-Do List:
When confronted with a busy week, we often feel overwhelmed and scatter-brained. Make your life a little easier by creating a list that maps out how you will spend your time, whether it be studying, finishing up an assignment, or relaxing. This will also help you sleep better as you won’t be making mental notes all night and trying to remember them the next day. Which leads me to my next point…
Get Some Sleep:
Sleep is good. A solid eight hours will keep your memory sharp, your immune system active, and your stress down. To get a healthy amount of sleep, try reducing your screen time before bed so that your mind has time to unwind from the massive study overhaul. Hint: sleep is going to help you ace your tests more so than cramming an entire semester’s worth of information into your brain at 3am.
No, ramen noodles and Doritos don’t count! It’s easy to put aside your needs when stressed with finals, however, be sure to grab a real meal. Keep your energy up by choosing fruits and vegetables over snacks high in sugar and sodium that cause you to crash. There are many links between nutrition and test performance, so make sure you are putting in the right foods so that your body can function at its best.
Study until you feel comfortable taking your test but its important to move around throughout the day. All that time spent hunched over a computer screen can make you feel drowsy and can contribute to your stress level. If you have time, try burning off some of that stress by hitting the gym or going for a brisk walk around campus. After all, exercise is proven to boost test scores!
Reward yourself with some well-deserved study breaks and enjoy the FREE services the IMU provides starting this Saturday, December 13th until Wednesday, December 17th.
Flippin’ Into Pancake Breakfast enjoy a free breakfast with pancakes, sausage, and coffee on Monday, December 14th from 6:30-10:30AM.
Carbs and Caffeine from Tuesday to Thursday starting at 6:30am, the 1st floor of the IMU will have free bagels, donuts, and coffee available while supplies last.
Free Massages Saturday- Wednesday from 8pm to Midnight
Enjoy a ten-minute professional massage to release some tension. Be sure to claim your spot early though, as the sign up list fills up fast!
Healthy Snacks available at 2pm Saturday-Wednesday
Grab a piece of fruit or a granola bar from one of the friendly Student Health and Wellness’ Health Ninjas!
(Unhealthy) Snacks starting at 10pm, The Hub will be handing out free candy and pop.
Coffee starting at 11pm, The Hub will have free coffee to help you stay awake during those late night study sessions.
Free Yoga Sessions held in the South Room of the IMU from 11am-12 pm and an evening session from 9-10pm.
Written by Hannah Ebbing