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Crash Guide To Acing Finals: Suggestions From A Senior

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BookRenter Blogger Biography Cameron Tranchemontagne

Some people handle finals better than others, but for the majority of the college student population this is an incredibly stressful time. Time after time again, I have seen my peers work themselves into a state of perpetual anxiety induced by their fears over the outcome of their finals. They either feel that they have not studied enough, worry they studied the wrong material, or they let their procrastination get the best of them. But, when students obsessively worry about their finals, it can have detrimental effects. Some students find it harder to focus on individual tasks because of the sheer overwhelming amount of work constantly dividing their attention; some can’t sleep or force themselves to stay awake for unhealthy amounts of time; some turn to unhealthy decisions like Adderall (which should only be taken in small doses and only if prescribed by a doctor), which can cause liver damage and even addiction.

Finals can be stressful, but there are ways to overcome this challenge and walk away with pride.


I have struggled with anxiety in the past until I became a lazy and unmotivated teenager. I still struggle staying motivated to do my work, but I have come to realize that by being more laid back and not worrying so much about the material, I actually began to improve on my test and essay scores. I could more easily recall the information I had learned in class or studied for homework just by being more calm and collected. Then this brought confidence. If you feel that you are overwhelmed and drowning in work, take a break. Take a moment to think, reflect, breathe, and then plan out how you are going to approach your workload. Once you break it down on paper and have a solid plan, that Mt. Everest of work and responsibility is diminished to nothing but a bunny slope.


Simply telling yourself “everything is going to be ok” is not enough (but it helps with anxiety). You actually have to put in the work. Write down your plan of what you want to get done and how long it will take to accomplish. I like to write down my plan in a personal agenda or calendar, but plenty of people are more inclined to use their phones or tablets. In each box (day), I write down what I want to accomplish for that day and I mark the due date for assignments. For example, I may write in the box for 5/11 that I want to work on an introduction to an essay that is due Friday. I write in the Friday box what time the essay is due. I continue to break down the assignment throughout the week to make the assignment easier and less daunting. Having a specific plan and visualizing due dates can help to keep you on task and organized.

Take Breaks

Finally, as mentioned before, don’t forget to take a break once in a while. Most experts agree that studying in 1 hour blocks with 15 minute breaks is the most effective way to study. That is not to say that you should follow this model perfectly. Sometimes when I am studying, I like to keep going even past an hour just to keep my momentum up. I generally just take a break once I start having difficulty focusing. This is a signal to me that my brain is tiring and can no longer stay on one task. No matter how long it takes you, once you start to feel brain-dead, take a quick break. Get up from your workstation to get a change of scenery and work your blood flow. Try to find something else that will engage your brain and/or body. Playing music, taking a walk, getting a snack, or talking to a friend are all great break-time activities. Just remember to keep it short. Sometimes a “quick break” can easily derail a perfectly good study session.

Sleep Well

Make sure you are getting enough sleep. The brain simply cannot function at full capacity when it is sleep deprived. This will just make things harder for yourself. Avoid late night cram sessions and definitely do not pull an all-nighter, no matter how desperate you may be to study material. You will be guaranteed to crash during your exam if you do. Sleep actually helps memory function and helps to keep focus, which are things that are definitely needed for finals.

Always remember that if you don’t get your desired grade on a final, it is not going to ruin your life. Surround yourself with positivity. Listen to some feel-good music, hangout or study with your best friends, and always remember: everything is going to be okay. Everyone has the potential to do well; never doubt your abilities. Just give your best shot at finals – giving anything less than your best, will only cheat yourself.

Good luck!

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Managing Stress With Bach Flower Remedies

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Unfortunately, the stress of college doesn’t ever dissipate, even after graduating. I’ve been done with school for about a year and I am still learning to handle my daily stress. Someone recommended Bach flower remedies to me to help with stress management, in addition to my efforts with being active, hanging out with friends, and occasionally taking an aspirin. Bach flower remedies are diluted flower material that are believed to contain healing properties.

I was a little skeptical of Bach flower remedies at first, but after adding them to my daily eating habits, I’m happy to say I’ve felt a difference. The remedies come in small bottles and can be found at any natural health foods store. Just use the dropper to add a few drops to your water, juice, or tea.

Here are some remedies that could significantly help you if you’re feeling stressed from classes, work, relationships, or even grief:

1. Gorse

Try this remedy for feelings of hopelessness and despair. Feeling hopeless is a common feeling after graduation, especially if finding a job has become your full-time job if you aren’t already offered one.

2. Mustard

This remedy is a good one for those who struggle with depression. I don’t think there was ever a time in my college life where I didn’t know at least a few other students dealing with depression.

3. Star of Bethlehem

If you’re dealing with the loss of someone close to you, this one is a great choice. It also helps for dealing with traumatic events or crises.

4. Pine

If you’re someone who tends to blame themselves for everything, Pine is the remedy to consider. Being plagued by guilt or the mistakes of others adds a lot of unnecessary stress.

5. Walnut

Whether you’re starting a new job, beginning a marriage, or transitioning into some other significant life event, Walnut can help you feel a little more relaxed about your choices if you tend to be easily influenced by the opinions of others.

Check out all of the Bach recipes website to see which others could work for you.

How do you cope with stress?

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Post-Grad Blues And How To Deal With Them

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Congratulations class of 2014! The stress of writing research papers papers and cramming for exams is finally over for you! Now that it is all over, you may find that you are not feeling as happy and relieved as you had expected. That is normal! Now that you have graduated there are all sorts of new responsibilities and stresses awaiting you, but it’s important to not let the stress overwhelm you.

Here are some suggestions on how to deal with any post-graduation blues:

1. Job Search

This is probably the number one cause of stress for recent graduates. The job hunt can take a lot longer than you had expected and you may feel as if you’ll never find anything. Just be patient. Look for entry level positions online and in the meantime, enjoy the time off that you won’t have when you start working!

2. New Lifestyle Adjustment

After over 17 years of sitting in a classroom, it could feel totally bizarre to just stop. It may take a while to adjust to this, but with time you’ll find yourself in a new daily routine that will start to feel normal. Some of you may even realize that you actually miss school and decide to go back to further your education. The important thing is to give yourself the time to figure it out.

3. Student Loans

While we’re in college we may not always think about the student loans that are piling up over the years. Then we graduate and all of a sudden the amount hits you. Debt can be a huge burden and cause tons of stress. So sit down, plan out a budget, and a plan for paying off your loans. Writing out a plan and seeing it can make the debt seem less scary and overwhelming.

This is the time to relax and take advantage of your new found freedom. Do not let the stress of graduating take over your life. Enjoy the fact that you graduated! If possible, travel. It can be a great way to discover something new about the world and about yourself. You accomplished something great, so bask in your accomplishment!

Have you experienced any of these feelings after graduating? If so, what do you do to deal with your post-grad blues?

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6 Ways To De-Stress

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We all have those days where it seems like there’s not enough time (or coffee) to do everything you need to do. Whether it’s finals, a hard day at work, or even just a particularly stressful day – knowing how to relieve some of your stress can be beneficial to your health, not to mention your sanity. Try some of these methods the next time you need to relax:

1. Take A Breath

If you start to feel the pressure, stop and take a deep breath. Breathing deeper brings more oxygen to your brain, which can help reduce tension and relieve some of that stress. It will also give you a moment to mentally take a step back from the situation.

2. Talk It Out

Call your best friend or someone you enjoy talking to. You can feel a lot better after talking about everything that has been bothering you. Sometimes the person you talk to can even give you helpful advice.

3. Go For A Run

Running can help clear your mind and give you time to yourself and away from any stress-inducing factor. In addition to being a stress reliever, it doubles up as some added exercise! The Endorphins your body produces during exercise will reduce stress, improve your sleep, and ward off anxiety. Make time to take a short jog or trip to the elliptical.

4. Think Positive

Make a list of things you’re grateful for. People who focus on the positives are less likely to be impacted by stress. Write down a list of things you’re grateful for and remember to focus on these things at times you are feeling down or overwhelmed.

5. Music

Music can have a major impact on your feelings. Listening to happy and soothing music can help lower stress levels from evoking positive emotions. Put together a playlist of songs that make you feel happy and relaxed that you can play at any instance of stress.

6. Chocolate

How about having some chocolate? Who wouldn’t want to eat chocolate to throw their worries away? Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, which are not just good for preventing heart disease, but also are great for minimizing stress.

Yesterday, I was walking across the street, getting pelted by the typical springtime Oregon rain and thinking about how many things I had to do. I got to the other side of the street and this random guy looks up, smiles at me, and says, “Don’t worry, smile! It’s not all bad! Stressful moments will always be there, but just remember that there is always something to be happy about and these moments will pass.

How do you relieve your stress?


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3 Ways To De-Stress

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Feeling stressed out from school, mid-terms, or life? Don’t allow stress to takeover and overwhelm you! Here’s a few ways that you can unwind, relax, and de-stress.

1. Unplug From The World

One way to de-stress is to cut out all electronics. Shut yourself off from the world by unplugging yourself from technology! For one whole day (or at least for a half day), allow yourself to relax and enjoy the day without the nuisance of texting, emailing, or the internet. You’ll feel more refreshed and much more relaxed after you’ve spent a day to yourself. Distract yourself from all these electronics by reading a good book, playing an instrument, or painting! If you can, go on a mini-getaway by going on a bike ride or maybe even a hike!

2. Kick It Out

Sometimes when we have all this pent-up stress, we need to have a way to get it all out. I personally like to get active when I’m stressed out. Going for a walk, run, or hiking a trail is one of the many ways I release my stress. One of my favorite ways to relieve stress is kicking and punching all that stress out. Most school gyms have punching bags, so wrap up your hands and get to punching! You’ll feel much more relaxed and you’ll have a blast doing it! Not to mention that wonderful work out bonus!

3. Spa Day

Have yourself a little spa day and don’t let anyone disturb you! If you’re on a budget and can’t go to the day spas in your local area, then check out YouTube videos for some awesome DIY spa tricks. There are tons of DIY facemasks that you can find on YouTube. Here’s one of my personal favorites that is super easy and will make you feel completely refreshed:

Share with us what you like to do when you get stressed out in the comments below!

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