4 tips for surviving finals week

Finals week is sneaking up on us all quickly, and if you’re anything like me, you are wondering where the time went and where it can be found. As a freshman, not knowing what to expect is very nerve wracking and stressful. This being said, I have done some research and compiled a list of ways to make finals week a breeze!

  1. Study, Study, Study!

Obviously, it is important to study and all of you probably were told this a million times from your parents and relatives over Thanksgiving break; however, it really is key to succeeding. My dad has always told me, P+C= S. The meaning behind it is, with Preparation and Confidence, you will have a high Success rate. He created this saying himself years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. If you follow this simple saying, I can assure you that you will succeed. I am a firm believer that anything is possible if one puts their mind to it.

Study. Break. Study. Break. REPEAT.
  1. Treat Yourself!

After a long period of time studying it is always important to take a break. I don’t know about you, but my breaks will consist of online shopping and a cup of coffee in hand! Let yourself relax for a short time because you deserve it. Whatever lets your mind rest for a little while is perfect for a study break.  A study break of about 5-10 minutes is key. Any longer than that and your brain will struggle to come back into focus.  I try to set a timer for myself so I know when my break is up and when I should get back to working.

  1. Say goodbye to your prize possession: your phone

To me, my phone is like my baby. I am constantly on it (which is a bad thing) and find it super difficult to separate myself from it. When I study or do homework, I try to flip my phone over or hide it from myself so I’m not tempted to check it. I seriously think there needs to be an app created that sends a little shock to my hand every time I pick up my phone while doing work (but it still probably wouldn’t stop me)! Truthfully, setting your phone aside is very beneficial and definitely increases my productivity and allows me to focus.

No peeking! Put those phones away.
  1. Body, mind, and soul

It is super important to take care of yourself, especially during such a stressful time. Make sure you are taking time to catch a bite to eat and staying hydrated. Without taking time to eat and drinking water regularly, it can lead to headaches and lack of focus. Being able to focus is much needed for finals week, so make sure you keep up! Exercise is also a great way to take a study break and to take care of yourself in general. Exercising can help burn off some steam and be a stress reliever. This will take your mind off things for a little while and allow some time for yourself.

Keep these tips in mind as you begin to prepare for finals week. I hope they will be as useful to you as they are to me. The best of luck to everyone and remember, together we can conquer one final at a time!

Jilly O'Donnell, '21

I’m a shopaholic who loves experimenting with all different styles but my go-to look is without a doubt preppy. I love spending time with family and friends, as well as writing about all things fashion.