Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How to Survive Finals Week by Shweta Murali

How to Survive Finals Week

With finals week approaching us quicker than we could have ever imagined, here are some tips to make sure you make it through the rest of the school year:

1) Breathe. It may seem silly, but it is something many of us overlook. Too many of us spend our time stressing and freaking out about finals instead of actually putting that time to good use. Doing that is simply going to make matters worse. Take a deep breath and stop stressing.

2) Get organized. You are not going to accomplish anything if you are messy. Clean up your workspace and make a list of everything you have to do. Keep everything in its place and do not move it. Use a calendar or planner to write down the dates of each of your tests so you can count down the days. Write everything down, no matter how minor it is. This will come in handy when you forget if your biology test is before or after your algebra final. Make a to-do list for each day so you know what you have to get accomplished. Most importantly, follow through with your schedule and to do list. Make sure you accomplish everything on there each and every day.

3) Study. Make sure you know the material on your tests so you feel confident and well prepared. Try different methods, such as flashcards, note taking, and group studying. Do not cram the night before your test, no matter how tempting it seems. This will not do anything for you. Instead, start now. Most schools have a couple weeks before finals so if you start now and space out your studying throughout the next few weeks, you will be good to go.

4) Don’t get distracted. Now that all teenagers have iPhones, iPads, and Netflix, it is way too easy to get distracted by social media. I know it’s hard, but log out of Snapchat. Quit the stalking on Instagram. Turn off your Facebook notifications. With social media, it is so easy to waste time without even realizing it. Avoid this by turning off your devices. If doing this is too hard, give your parents or someone you trust your passwords and tell them to let you go on for a limited amount of time after you accomplish something (studying for one hour, reading a chapter of a textbook, etc.) This also gives you incentive to finish your work. Your body will also thank you for this, as constantly staring at a screen for hours is not good for your health. If you are able to keep yourself focused and away from distractions, it will certainly reflect on your report card.

4) Get some sleep. No amount of caffeine is replacement for a good night’s rest. Don’t pull all nighters cramming. Go to bed early and wake up at a decent time, and you will wake up feeling refreshed for your tests.

5) Exercise and eat well. Studies show that exercising releases endorphins, which help you to feel more positive and less stressed. That is definitely something we all need at this time of the year! Also, research has proven that cardio exercises actually boost brainpower. Plus, you’re becoming fit in the process! Too many people say that they don’t have time to exercise because they are studying. First of all, this is wrong because people, especially teenagers, require physical activity most days of the week to remain healthy. Also, exercising doesn’t need to be a long process. I am sure you can take just 15 minutes out of your day to go on a jog. All you need is a pair of sneakers, and you’re good to go! In addition, make sure you eat well. Don’t eat too much sugar, (don’t worry, an occasional cookie isn’t going to hurt) but make sure you are getting your daily dose of fruits and veggies so that you feel as energized as possible.

If you follow all these steps, there is no doubt that you will ace finals. Whatever you are doing to prepare, the most important part is that you feel happy doing it. Good luck!

Shweta Murali

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