Just Breathe!

Your guide to surviving finals week

Finals are just around the corner and, if you’re like me, you’ve been dreading them ever since midterms. Have no fear, because I’m going to tell you everything you need to do to survive Finals Week.

First off, you need to study. I know, I know, everyone knows that; but a lot of people don’t do it even though they know they need to. It doesn’t have to be a week of all-nighters; in fact, that’s probably one of the worst things to do during Finals Week. Read over your notes, skim over the readings from the book if there were any, and ask your professor questions if you have any. Don’t worry about whether or not the question seems silly or the answer obvious; it’s better to ask and pass the final than not ask and fail.

Set realistic goals while studying. Don’t say you’re going to study for 10 hours when you know you can’t do that. Read three pages and then have a snack, or look over so many pages of notes and then have a snack. Eat lots of protein while studying to boost brain power and keep you awake. Caffeine is also good, but don’t just drink five energy drinks and call it good.

Secondly, you need to sleep. Sleeping helps you to remember information, as well as give your brain a rest. If you’re falling asleep while studying, take a quick power nap (some say 20 minutes, others an hour) and then get back to studying. Be sure to get lots of sleep the night before your finals so you don’t fall asleep while taking the exam.

Don’t just study, study, study. Take some time to relax; you’ll need it to not fry your brain from studying. If you need an idea for relaxation, the Counseling Department will once again be sponsoring therapy dogs in the library during finals week. You can go pet dogs to relieve stress in the library on May 12th from 11 am to 1 pm.

Study, sleep, relax and…just breathe. Finals will be over before you know it!