Dead week, the week before finals, is coming to an end. There are only a few more days to cram for those finals and a few more days before you have to sit down in that cold desk with a number two pencil in hand. Studying for these finals can be very stressful because any reasonable college student wants to do well.
One can definitely tell when it is finals week on campus. The library is full with students attempting to study. Some browsing Facebook and others sleeping on their open book as they drool all over the table. OK, an energy drink might help! You walk to the nearest convenience store or dining hall, but they are all sold out of Red Bull, Monster, Nos…you name it, it’s gone. Everyone is in sweats. Most students visit the coffee shop about once every hour. Everyone stinks because no one has time to take a shower. Make a slight noise in the library and everyone looks up and gives you a nasty look. Everyone is simply stressed.
You could run from finals and hide in your closet with last night’s pizza, that is now cold, and stuff your face. Or, you could face your finals head on and study hard for them. Studying for finals can be really stressful, so here are a few tips to help you through finals week:
Take a break. Don’t try to study for one subject for hours and hours trying to cover everything. Take frequent breaks while studying to clear your mind. Finish studying a chunk of material and then take a break to walk around a bit and get your blood flowing again.
Go to the gym. A quick workout will do the trick to get your mind off of your finals. Take a break from studying and hit the weights, the treadmill, or any exercises you like to do. Working out helps reduce the stress level. Come back and take a quick shower and continue studying.
Get enough sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep is crucial to have a good day of studying. Your brain and body need to be energized so you can focus more on studying rather than how tired you are.
Have a movie night. Plan a movie night with the rest of your college buddies. Take a few hours away from studying and watch one of your favorite movies with some popcorn and with the company of your best friends.
Clean your room. Yes, you read that right. Sometimes a good cleaning can really reduce the level of stress upon you during your study time. The act of cleaning itself puts the brain almost in an autopilot mode and puts it at ease. And after your room is cleaned, it provides a better place to study. Light a candle to make it more relaxing to study as well!
Put on a good song. Whether you listen to music while you study or not, a good song can definitely make it less stressful. Take a break and put on a good song to dance to and get up and shake it! Don’t worry, no one is going to see you! Unless your roommate is in the room, staring at you like you just got up and started dancing out of nowhere.
With all this said, don’t make studying anymore stressful than it has to be. Stay cool and you will do just fine on your exams. Good luck my fellow college students! 🙂