1. Get your Required Sleep in
While studying is important, so is getting in your eight hours of sleep every night. As much as we want to stay up all night studying, it’s actually better for us to get in our sleep. So study hard, and then rest up for your final!
2. Stay Active
Many people don’t know, but excersising actually boosts blood flow to the brain, and sitting in one place for too long can lead to a tired, ill-minded brain. Staying active is important for your brain power, so go workout or even take a quick walk in between study sessions.
3. Eat Well
Everyone needs brain food. Good food can lead to more energy for your body, and a clear mind. So during finals week, pass on the fast food and pick up some power bars and fruits and veggies!
4. Don’t Procrastinate
No one enjoys studying, but in order to do well on our finals it is vital. Don’t push it off, for Netflix or going out with your friends. Just do it! You will thank yourself later.
5. Stay off Social Media
We millennial have a bad habit of checking our social media every few minutes. During final week though, try staying off of it for a bit and spending that time studying instead. Grab a textbook or notes, instead of checking your news feeds. It will be difficult, but it will be well worth it.
When finals week approaches, I’m overwhelmed with tons of different emotions; fear, anxiety, stress, and once its all over, relief. One thing that I do put on the top of my list is sleep. I don’t understand how people pull all-nighters during exam week. It’s unhealthy and will probably cause you to make a worse grade than if you actually had a full nights rest. However, I hardly stay active when it’s not exam week, so why would I become even more active during such a stressful time? Eating to me is just as important as sleep. Without food, my mind goes crazy and I just can’t concentration as well if I’m well rested and fed. Social media and procrastination play hand in hand in my book. I procrastinate like nobody’s business, and I procrastinate most on social media, but I almost find this healthy. Constantly studying and looking over notes can make me have a headache but every so often it’s good to take a break and the perfect break can be scrolling through Instagram for twenty minutes.
I feel that all of these are self explanatory, however ever single finals week I find myself doing only 1-2 of these tactics at a time. They are all important, however sleep and staying active really are important to focus on. With a new set of finals weeks coming up, Focusing on staying active, to keep the mind running and on track, may be one of the most important things to keep in mind when preparing for exams.