Don’t be a victim of finals week!
Finals week is almost here, Aggies! That means it’s time to buckle down and get your studying on!
Even though you’re in college and likely know what you need to do to study effectively, it never hurts to brush up on the basics. Here are some simple tips you can use in the next few weeks to get you ready for your exams:
Get enough sleep! This sounds like a no-brainer. But we all know how tempting it is to stay up late with your roommates, friends or significant others just passing the time. Don’t. Put your crazy college self to bed and get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
Don’t procrastinate studying. We all know this, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. You need to start NOW. Not tomorrow. Not next Tuesday. Today. If you take a little time to study every day, you’ll be much better off than if you try to cram in everything you need to know during an all-nighter the night before the test.
Take breaks. A nice rule of thumb is to take a ten-minute study break for every 50 minutes you spend studying. This will give your mind time to relax and rejuvenate. Taking it a little easier on yourself will help you refrain from burnout during finals week.
Know how you study. It’s important to understand what your strengths are when you study. Do you do well studying in groups? Or does that just distract you? You may like to go through your notes and highlight important terms. Maybe you like flashcards and practice tests. Whatever works for you, stick to it!
Eat healthy and take care of your body. During finals week, we are tempted to cram sugary snacks and caffeinated beverages into our bodies instead of food that will actually help us function. Take time to make yourself a good breakfast. Eat your fruits and veggies just like your mom told you to. And get some sort of exercise every single day.
We know that none of this information is new to you. Just think of it as a friendly reminder that you need to take these words into action, rather than just do the opposite because it’s easier! You’ve got this! Good luck out there!