Finals are Coming! - Tips for Time Management, Studying and Managing Stress.

December 4, 2016

Now that everyone is (hopefully) back into the swing of thing after returning from break, the stress of finals is starting to creep up on you. Or it has already consumed your entire being. I'm somewhere between the two.
I'd like to consider myself a pretty good student with honors classes all throughout high school and being in the honors program at my college on my resume. All of that means I've had to learn how to manage my time, stress and studying very well over the years. I wanted to share some of my tips with you guys to help you through finals too!

Time Management

  1. Use a planner// This is easily the most important thing on this list. A planner will help you keep track of all your assignments, tests and due dates. There are even planners where you can break down your day by the hour so you can plan out when you'll have time to sit down and work.
  2. Break it up// If you have a long paper or a big test break it down into smaller tasks. This will make it seem much less overwhelming and you'll feel much more productive Personally when I feel productive I'm more motivated to keep working.
  3. Take breaks//Taking breaks when is so important! It gives your brain time to relax and absorb new information. It can be as short as getting up to grab more water and a snack or as long as going out to eat. Make sure you take at least 5 minutes for every hour you're working. Even that might not be enough!
  1. Rewrite your notes//Rewriting your notes helps you subconsciously review the information as well as make them neater and easier to read. I take my notes in pencil during the class how ever they come up in the PowerPoint or when the professor is speaking and then write them in pen and with colors in a more organized manner after class or before the next class as a quick review.
  2. Make a study guide// This can be as general or specific as you want. I like to rewrite my notes (yes again) in a more general way without examples or topics I know won't be on the test and then incorporate some topics or concepts from handouts and worksheets. I find it much easier to study from a few pages than a few dozen pages of notes and worksheets. It might be a little overkill but it works!
  3. Take/ make practice tests//Some of my teachers post old exams or practice tests a week or s before out test so we can see the set up, what questions will be on it and what information will be given as reference. I find this so helpful when prepping for a test and it makes you feel so much more confident going in. If you teacher doesn't do that try typing the topic or the textbook and unit/chapters into google and see what comes up. If all else fails tryin pairing up with a friend from class and make tests for each other.

  1. Sleep!//Even though the last thing you want to do when you feel overwhelmed with work is sleep, it's probably the most important. It's important to be well rested and focused when you're taking your tests. Even if that means going to bed instead of studying those last few chapters. It's better to do really well on the sections you do know than half as well on the whole test because you're tired.
  2. Have "me time"//Take the time to paint your nails, a few extra minutes in the shower or read a chapter of a (non school related) book or magazine. As long as it's not something that will take up more time than you're spending studying. This time can act like a little treat after studying or relieve some stress before you sit down to start.
  3. Stay healthy// Drink lots of water, eat nutritious meals and make sure to exercise even if its only a light jog or a leisurely walk. Exercise helps blood flow to the brain as well as release endorphins that can improve your mood when you feel like you could snap at anything that moves. As Elle Woods once said "Endorphins makes you happy and happy people don't shoot their husbands." So hopefully exercising during finals will make you not want to shoot someone :)
What are some of your tips for surviving finals? Let me know in the comments!

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