5 Unconventional Study Tips for Finals

5 Unconventional Study Tips for Finals

Not many people may know this, but these tips are actually the best ways to study.

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It's that time of year again. The time of the semester when you have to dedicate you entire self to studying for classes that you just want to forget about and zoom into the holiday season. However, we have to thrust ourselves into self-created hatred due to procrastination (I have a wine class journal due tomorrow, and I've barely drank any extra white wines. Send help!).

Genuinely, as unconventional as these tips are, they are incredibly helpful.

Take breaks.

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The most important thing is to know when to stop, calm down, and take a moment away from your study regimen. While it may seem impossible to stop so you can attempt to absorb all of the information that you can, know that it's better for you to actually take a breather. If you cram, you're bound to forget something.

Reward yourself!

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Yes, you heard me! Set goals for yourself to finish reading chapters or studying flashcards. Whether it is a time increment, breaks, or snacks, definitely take the time to step away from the textbook.

Don't study in your bed!

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Apparently, if you study in your bed, you'll always associate your relaxing, personal space with anxiety and school work. Take it to a desk or even the library! Plus, distinct places or distinct snacks/foods will help you remember your content better.

"Teach" others! 

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Reading your homework or your book to friends or family tends to help you read. It gives you a visual learning stimulant and an auditory learning stimulant. You're reading it to others and potentially explaining it in depth. It's extremely beneficial to press your curriculum on others, just don't press your opinions on others.

Exercise! 

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Whenever you take your breaks, spend a bit in the gym. It helps you focus, jogs (haha) your memory, and keeps you fit. It also makes sure that you're not stuck at a desk all day. Get moving and keep your eyes on the prize...that A!

While I have yet to find the "perfect" way to study for exams or finals, these tips actually get me through everything. I do several of these tips per study session, and it's so worth it. Don't limit yourself to your same old routine, eventually your brain will need to be challenged.

Happy studying and, remember: Saturday is coming and so is the hard liquor!

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And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.

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To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

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There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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