As a college junior, I have experienced end-of-semester stress countless times. You know the feeling: Everything piles up until there seems to be more work in the last week of school than in all the preceding weeks combined…
I used to get so overwhelmed that I would chug energy drinks all day and study all night. Come exam time? I’d be too tired to focus.
But no more. I’ve learned. And you can, too.
Here are seven secrets to taking on finals week and finishing the semester strong.
- 1. Create a to-do list. Include all of the assignments you have to complete. Write assignments down in order of their importance and due dates. Set a goal for how many assignments you want to complete each day. You’ll be surprised at how much more effectively you’re managing your time.
- 2. Avoid unnecessary distractions. Stay off Facebook, turn off your cell phone, and stay away from the TV. Yes, these are all ways to relax. But they’ll derail your schedule, set you back on your school work, and cause you to be more stressed in the long run, not less.
- 3. Stay away from energy drinks. Sure, they may give you a bit of a jolt, but in the end, you’ll crash. And then? You’ve got another stressor on your hands – fatigue.
- 4. Go for a run instead. Running will help get your adrenaline flowing and clear your mind , replacing anxiety and stress with a sense of calm and purpose.
- 5. Eat fresh, nutritious food. Have you ever tried to study while your stomach was growling? Eating well also helps give you the physical stamina and enhanced brain power you need to put in a good day’s work.
- 6. Get a good night’s sleep. An all-nighter here and there during finals week is not out of line. But while it may seem like a good idea at the time – a reasonable way to get in more study time or complete an extra assignment – pulling an all-nighter is actually counter-productive. Without a good night’s sleep, you’ll be too tired to perform well on your exams.
- 7. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Relax – you’re almost through. If you’ve paid attention and done well throughout the semester, then finals should be no problem for you. And remember, once all of your exams and projects are done, you’ll be free to enjoy your summer.
By Guest Blogger Kimberly Erskine I ROWAN UNIVERSITY:Currently her university’s Social Media Coordinator. Near-perfect GPA. Made it to Round Three of Charlie Sheen’s #TigerBloodIntern contest. This media-savvy girl – who dreams of becoming a successful writer and has just published her first major article – is seriously cool.