Finals are right around the corner and, if you are like me, your stomach is starting to become a whole mess of knots. However, today I am going to lay out for you exactly what you need to do before finals even begin to make sure you have a sane, productive and healthy end of your semester.
- Stock up on sleep. My mother always told me that you can stock up, but you can’t catch up on sleep. Before finals or reading period begins, try and make time for those eight hours. This will make your studying more focused and productive and will help your immune system immensely.
- Listen to your body. Sometimes, you really do need to take a break. If your body is feeling tired or sore, give it rest. Your body is telling you that you need one! Take a half hour to just relax (meditate, go on a walk, watch a funny video).
- Fuel yourself with nutritious food. During finals and right before finals, the stress eater in me always comes out. I want unhealthy “comfort” food. Allow yourself to have treats but make sure you are also giving yourself the nutritious meals you need.
- Make a plan. Create your study plans before you even head to the library. This way, you will know exactly what you need to do when you sit down to study.
- Know your resources. Keep track of your professor’s office hours and review sessions and go to them! Even if you don’t have any specific questions, you will still learn a lot from what your peers are asking. If you do have questions, write them down before you go to office hours so you can make sure you get them answered.
- Gauge where you’re at. Often times, you may think you are not doing very well in a class but when you add up the numbers, you actually are doing much better than you think.
- Think about the light at the end of the tunnel. You have made it this far into the semester, just a few more weeks and then you can have that Netflix marathon you have been waiting for!
- Come up with alternative study spots. Escape to a coffee shop for the afternoon or study in a different library than you usually do. Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is lock myself in a dark library so I like to study in common spaces that have a lot of natural light.
- Self Care. In the wise words of my mother (again), “Shave…it will make you feel better”. Whether it is shaving, doing your nails, taking an extra long shower or doing something that makes you feel good and happy, make sure you are making time for self care.
Good luck on your finals, I know you are going to do great!!