Finals week is the bane of every college student’s existence. The preceding weeks of sleepless nights, endless cups of coffee and numerous hours in the library make every student feel as though he or she is on the brink of insanity, but, thankfully, there are a few ways to help ease the struggle.
- Find a study buddy
We’re all in this together. Everyone is trying deal with the ups and downs of finals week, but I have found that finding a study buddy or group of friends to do work with makes a huge difference. Studying becomes a little more enjoyable when
you get to do it with your friends. Even if they aren’t studying the same subject as you, it’s nice to have people to walk with you to the library and sit at a table with. You all become this little family who works toward the ultimate goal of finishing finals week and acing your tests.
- Look for a cool place to study
People tend to underestimate what a change of scenery can do for their mental health during finals week. One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give is to not just sit in your room. If, during finals week, you decide to lock yourself up in your dark and secluded room for the entire week, you will lose all contact with the outside world and you will go crazy. Instead, find a place that is relaxing and peaceful where you can also get a lot of work done. Just make sure to not just sit in a room that has no windows or natural lighting or a place that seems depressing or dark. Try studying outside under a tree, in a cute little coffee house near campus, or in a beautiful library room that has a ton of windows that allow sunshine to come through and make all of your studying a little less depressing. Studying in a bright, beautiful location can help you focus, get you some time outside of your room when your overwhelmed with studying, and keep your spirits high and positive.
- Get up and exercise
Everyone forgets to exercise when finals come around. But spending some time working out can help get those brain juices flowing and is even proven to enhance your brain activity and memory. Try to set aside a least a little time to get in some exercise because it will help you stay sane and healthy during the crunch time of finals. Go out for a run or swim outside to get some fresh air, take a yoga class with
some friends to relax and calm your mind, or go play a fun game of basketball to blow off some steam. Not only will this help your brain, but it will also help keep your body and blood moving so that you are not stuck in a hunched over position after finals from hours of crouching over a desk staring at a computer screen.
- Remember to eat
Eat healthy. Many times, students get caught up in studying and resort to eating fast food, microwaving ramen noodles or mac and cheese, and snacking on cookies, chips, sodas, energy drinks, and coffee. However, what I have learned is that meal breaks are some of the best study breaks. Finding a good group of friends to all go take a break from studying and just sit, relax, and have a good, healthy meal can be a great way to rejuvenate your mind and take all your thoughts off of studying. Plus, eating will help give you more energy to take on more finals.
- Find comfy and cute clothes
Everyone always complains they look gross during finals week since everyone walks around with no makeup on, wearing sweatpants, baggy T-shirts, and ugly running shoes. But who said you can’t be comfortable and fashionable? There are great outfits you can put on to refresh yourself and not feel like you are just always a disgusting slob during the dark, depressing weeks of finals. People tend to underestimate the power of what changing your clothes can do for your energy and motivation levels. Try wearing a cute, flowy dress or loose-fitting shorts and a cute top. Switching up your outfits every day instead of just sitting in the same grey sweatpants and black T-shirt might help lift your spirits and get you more energized to push through finals week.
- Plan a celebration for when you finish
Plan a fun event to celebrate all of your hard work. Planning a party or celebration for when you finish finals helps you set a goal and have something to look forward to once you complete all of your tests and essays. It is a great way to keep you motivated and gives you a fun activity to do once all of the pain of finals has finally subsided. Try planning a trip to the beach to tan and swim in the ocean, pick a date to go out to a really nice restaurant and a great meal, or even go on a little shopping excursion and buy yourself something nice to reward yourself for working so hard. Treat yourself!
Study Hard and Good Luck with Finals!